Francis Phelps

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The Rt Rev Francis Robinson Phelps, DD, MA was an eminent Anglican Bishop[1] in the first half of the 20th century.[2]

Born on 19 September 1863[3] and educated at Keble College, Oxford, he was ordained in 1887.[4] Following curacies at Battersea, St John the Evangelist, Westminster and St John the Divine, Kennington[5] he was Rector of Thorpe Episcopi, Norfolk. Emigrating to South Africa in 1909 he was successively Warden of St Peter’s Home in Grahamstown and then its Archdeacon, Dean of St. Michael and St. George Cathedral and Bishop.[6] In later life he was translated to Cape Town.[7] He died in post on 27 June 1938.[8]


  1. ^ National Archives
  2. ^ University of the Witwatersrand papers
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ The Times, Tuesday, Jun 14, 1887; pg. 4; Issue 32098; col C Ordinations. Diocese Of Rochester
  5. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  6. ^ "The Oxford guide to the Book of common prayer : a worldwide survey" Hefling,C/Shattuck,C: London OUP 2006 ISBN 978-0-19-529762-1
  7. ^ New Primate Of South Africa Dr. Phelps Elected The Times Friday, Dec 19, 1930
  8. ^ Obituary Dr. F. R. Phelps Former Archbishop Of Capetown The Times Tuesday, Jun 28, 1938; pg. 16; Issue 48032; col C

External links[edit]

Portraits of Francis Robinson Phelps at the National Portrait Gallery, London

Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
Charles Edward Cornish
Bishop of Grahamstown
1915 –1931
Succeeded by
Archibald Howard Cullen
Preceded by
William Marlborough Carter
Archbishop of Cape Town
Succeeded by
John Russell Darbyshire