John Farthing (bishop)

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John Cragg Farthing (13 December 1861 - 6 May 1947) was the Anglican Bishop of Montreal for 30 years during the first half of the twentieth century.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

John Cragg Farthing was born in Toronto to an upper-class Anglican family. He had a sister Ann Cragg Farthing. He was educated at Caius College, Cambridge, England.[2] Ann Farthing became an Anglican missionary, working in the United States territory of Alaska for years during the early 20th century in the Yukon interior.

Clergyman[edit]

After Farthing's return to Canada from Cambridge, he was ordained and embarked on an ecclesiastical career with a curacy at Woodstock, Ontario, swiftly followed by elevation to vicar within the same parish.

Promotion followed rapidly and he was, successively, called as a Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Ontario, and Dean of the Anglican Diocese of Ontario. He left Ontario when called in 1909 as Bishop of Montreal, serving until 1939.[3] A keen observer of Montreal life,[4] he was a moderate prelate.[5]

Marriage and family[edit]

He married Mary Kemp. They had one child, a son John Farthing, who became a philosopher. [6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of Anglican Bishops of Montreal
  2. ^ "Farthing, John Cragg (FRTN882JC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ "Long-serving Bishop of Montreal to retire", The Times, Sep 20, 1938; pg. 11; Issue 48104
  4. ^ BooksAboutMontreal.html Recollections of JCF's life in Montreal
  5. ^ "Views on ecumenical union", University of Toronto
  6. '^ Who was Who' 1897-1990, London: A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
Religious titles
Preceded by
James Carmichael
Bishop of Montreal
1909–1939
Succeeded by
Arthur Carlisle