Arthur Perowne was born into a distinguished ecclesiastical family: his father was John James Stewart Perowne, sometime Bishop of Worcester. He was educated at Haileybury and Imperial Service College and King's College, Cambridge.
Ordained in 1894, he began his ministry as a curate at Hartlebury after which he was Vicar of St Philip and St James Hallow, Rural Dean of Edgbaston, Prebendary of Exeter and finally (before his ordination to the episcopate) Archdeacon of Plymouth.
In 1895 he married Helena Frances Oldnall-Russell (1869-1922). They had three sons: Francis Edward Perowne (1898-1988), Stewart Perowne, a diplomat, archaeologist and historian, and Leslie Arthur Perowne (1906-1997), sometime Head of Music at the BBC who was responsible for bringing Albert Ketèlbey out of retirement to conduct a huge BBC Ketèlbey Concert at the Royal Albert Hall prior to World War II.
A keen fisherman, in retirement Arthur Perowne lived in Gloucester with his second wife, Mabel (1886-1968), the second daughter of Thomas Henry Bailey of Wyldcroft in Wokingham, whom he had married in 1926.
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