James Newcome

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The Rt Revd
James Newcome
MA MA(Oxon) DL
Bishop of Carlisle
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Carlisle
Installed 10 October 2009[1]
Predecessor The Rt Revd Graham Dow
Other posts Bishop of Penrith (2002–2009)
Ordination 1978
Consecration 2002
Personal details
Born (1953-07-24) 24 July 1953 (age 61)
Aldershot, Hampshire
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Bishop's House, Keswick[2]
Spouse Alison (m. 1977)
Children 4 children
Occupation formerly ambulance driver
Profession formerly military officer
Alma mater Trinity College, Oxford

James William Scobie Newcome DL (born 24 July 1953) is the current Bishop of Carlisle in the Diocese of Carlisle.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Aldershot, the son of an officer in the Royal Artillery. As a result of his father's army postings, he spent time in Malta and Germany during his childhood. He then attended Marlborough College from 1966 to 1971, where he was Senior Prefect, and worked for Community Service Volunteers in children's homes in Nottinghamshire.

In 1971, he matriculated into Trinity College, Oxford to read modern history. He won the University of Oxford history of art prize in 1972.[3] He graduated Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1974; this was promoted to Master of Arts (MA Oxon) in 1978.[4]

He was commissioned as a second lieutenant on the General List of the Territorial Army on 23 May 1974.[5] He then spent a year working as an ambulance driver in Stevenage. He later resigned his TA commission on 8 July 1977.[6]

From 1975, he studied at the University of Cambridge, where he read theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge, whilst also preparing for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge.[3] He graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1977; this was promoted to Master of Arts (MA Cantab) in 1981.[4]

Religious life[edit]

Newcome was ordained deacon in 1978.[7] His career began with a curacy at All Saints, Leavesden in the Diocese of St Albans,[8] he was priested in 1979, and remained at All Saints until 1982.[3]

He was then appointed Vicar of Bar Hill and Dry Drayton in the Diocese of Ely in 1982. He also became a tutor and lecturer in Pastoral Theology, Ethics and Integrating Theology at the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges from 1983 to 1988. He was Rural Dean of the North Stowe Deanery from 1988 to 1994. In 1994 he was appointed Canon Residentiary at Chester Cathedral also holding the Diocesan posts of Director of Ordinands from 1994 to 2000 and Director of Ministry, Education and Training from 1996 to 2002.[3]

He was formally appointed as Bishop of Penrith in March 2002.[9] His succession as Bishop of Carlisle was announced in May 2009, and he was enthroned later in the year.

Personal life[edit]

Newcome married Alison, a health visitor, in 1977, and they have four adult children. He is a keen amateur runner, squash player and hill walker, and also enjoys films and restoring furniture.[3][10]


  • James Newcome Esq (1953–1978)
  • The Revd James Newcome (1978–1994)
  • The Revd Canon James Newcome (1994–2002)
  • The Rt Revd James Newcome (2002—2013)
  • The Rt Revd James Newcome DL (2013—)


  1. ^ Westmorland Gazette – New Bishop of Carlisle is set to be enthroned
  2. ^ Diocese of Carlise – Bishops
  3. ^ a b c d e Diocese of Carlisle – Biography of Bishop James Retrieved on 2 June 2009
  4. ^ a b "CARLISLE, Bishop of". Who's Who 2014. A & C Black. December 2013. Retrieved 24 July 2014. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 46398. p. 11002. 11 November 1974. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 47333. p. 12217. 26 September 1977. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  7. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  8. ^ Church details
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 56515. p. 3541. 26 September 1977. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  10. ^ Debrett's People of Today London, 2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Garrard
Bishop of Penrith
Succeeded by
Robert Freeman
Preceded by
Graham Dow
Bishop of Carlisle