Bishop of Barbados

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The Anglican diocese of Barbados was set up in 1824, as one of two covering the whole Caribbean. Before that, the area was nominally part of the Bishop of London's responsibility, a situation that had been assumed to hold from 1660 onwards. In 1813, the then Bishop of London denied it was his responsibility, and so it turned out that appointments to the Church in the Colonies were recommended by the local governor, in this case of the Leeward Islands.[1]

The Barbados diocese initially also covered Trinidad, British Guiana, the Leeward Islands and the Windward Islands. It was later divided, on the retirement in 1841/2 of the first Bishop: his three Archdeacons took charge as the Bishop of Antigua (Daniel Gateward Davis), of Barbados (Parry) and the Bishop of British Guiana (William Piercy Austin).

The official residence was located at Bishop's Court Hill along Upper Colleymore Rock Road (Highway 6).[2]

There is a Roman Catholic diocese in Barbados, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgetown.

Anglican Bishops of Barbados[edit]

  1. 1824–1842 William Coleridge (1789–1849)
  2. 1842–1869 Thomas Parry (1795–1870)
  3. 1873–1881 John Mitchinson (1833–1918)
  4. 1882–1899 Herbert Bree (1828–1899)
  5. 1900–1916 Proctor Swaby (1844–1916)
  6. 1917–1930 Alfred Berkeley (1862–1938)
  7. 1930–1945 David Bentley (1882–1970)
  8. 1945–1951 James Hughes (1894–1979)
  9. 1951–1960 Gay Mandeville (1894–1969)
  10. 1960–1972 Lewis Evans (1904–1996)
  11. 1972–1993 Drexel Gomez (born 1937)
  12. 1993–2000 Rufus Brome (born 1935)
  13. 2000–present John Holder (born 1948)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Correspondence in Lambeth Palace archives
  2. ^ Bishop’s Court to be developed
  • Goodridge, Sehon Sylvester (1981) Facing the Challenge of Emancipation: a study of the ministry of William Hart Coleridge, first Bishop of Barbados, 1824-1842. Bridgetown: Cedar Press
  • Gilmore, John (1987) The Toiler of the Sees: a life of John Mitchinson, Bishop of Barbados. Wildey, St. Michael: Barbados National Trust
  • Walker, G. J. P. (1992) The Life of Daniel Gateward Davis, St Kitts: Creole Publishing Company
  • Diocese of Barbados – former bishops

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