William Buller

Bishop of Exeter
Bp William Buller.jpg
DioceseDiocese of Exeter
In office1792–1796
PredecessorJohn Ross
SuccessorReginald Courtenay
Other post(s)Bishop of Bristol (1794–1797)
Personal details
Bornbaptized (1735-08-09)9 August 1735
Died12 December 1796(1796-12-12) (aged 61)
SpouseAnne Thomas (m.1762)
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford
Memorial in Exeter Cathedral
Memorial in Exeter Cathedral

William Buller (1735–1796) was an English clergyman who served as Bishop of Exeter from 1792 to 1796.[1]

Buller was born probably at Morval, Cornwall, to John Francis Buller and Rebecca Trelawney. He was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, graduating BA in 1757, MA in 1759; BD and DD in 1781.[2]

Buller's first ecclesiastical appointments were as rector of Brightwell and canon of Winchester Cathedral. He was also rector of North Waltham,[3] In 1773, Buller became a canon residentiary of Windsor in 1773 and was selected dean of Exeter in 1784. In 1790 Buller was translated as Dean of Canterbury.[4] Buller returned to Exeter as bishop in late 1792.[2][5]

On 19 April 1762, Buller married Anne Thomas, the daughter of John Thomas, Bishop of Winchester.[6]

Buller was a friend of George Austen, the father of Jane Austen, who educated his son Richard Buller.[7]

William Buller died on 12 December 1796.


  1. ^ "Exeter Memories - Bishops of Exeter". www.exetermemories.co.uk. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008.
  2. ^ a b Aston, Nigel. "Buller, William (1735–1796)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/39561. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ http://www.southernlife.org.uk/northwaltham_church.htm
  4. ^ "Deans | British History Online".
  5. ^ "No. 13457". The London Gazette. 8 September 1792. p. 694.
  6. ^ "Thomas, John (1696-1781)" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  7. ^ Irene Collins, Jane Austen and the Clergy (2003), pp. 9-10.
Church of England titles Preceded byJeremiah Milles Dean of Exeter 1784–1790 Succeeded byCharles Harward Preceded byGeorge Horne Dean of Canterbury 1790–1792 Succeeded byFolliott Cornewall Preceded byJohn Ross Bishop of Exeter 1792–1796 Succeeded byReginald Courtenay