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.


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]


  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
Succeeded by
Arthur Carlisle