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Robert Isaac Wilberforce

(1802—1857) Roman Catholic convert


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(1802–57), Tractarian divine. The second son of W. Wilberforce, he was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, where he was elected a Fellow in 1826 and was brought into close association with J. H. Newman and R. H. Froude. He gradually acquired an extensive theological knowledge which made him one of the most learned of the Tractarians. In 1841 he was appointed Archdeacon of the East Riding. By Oct. 1843 he was in close personal relations with H. E. Manning, then rector of Lavington, and carried on with him an extended theological correspondence which was largely concerned with the Roman claims. On 1 Nov. 1854 he was received into the RC Church at Paris. At the time of his death he was preparing for the priesthood in Rome, where he is buried in Santa Maria sopre Minerva. Besides the Life of his father, which he published in conjunction with his brother Samuel in 1838, his writings include three major theological studies: The Doctrine of the Incarnation (1848), The Doctrine of Holy Baptism (1849), and The Doctrine of the Holy Eucharist (1853).

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.

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