John Kempthorne (bishop)

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John Augustine Kempthorne (26 May 1864, London – 24 February 1946, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire) was an Anglican Bishop, the second Bishop of Hull in the modern era from 1910 until 1913, who was then translated to Lichfield where he served until 1937.[1]

John Augustine Kempthorne was the son of the Rev. John Kempthorne (1835–1880), Vicar of Trumpington. He was educated at Haileybury and Trinity College, Cambridge.[2] His first post after ordination was as a curate at St Aidan’s, Gateshead. He then held incumbencies at Rochdale, Sunderland, Liverpool[3] and Hessle[4] before elevation to the Episcopate in March 1910 as a Suffragan to the Archbishop of York.[5][6] He was appointed Bishop of Lichfield in May 1913,[7] and retired in 1937. He died on 24 February 1946.[8]


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ "Kempthorne, John Augustine (KMTN881JA)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ British History on-line
  4. ^ 1910–13 Photo
  5. ^ Hull Times
  6. ^ New Bishop-Suffragan Of Hull. (News) The Times Saturday, Mar 12, 1910; pg. 9; Issue 39218; col C
  7. ^ New Bishop Of Lichfield. Appointment Of The Bishop Of Hull. (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Friday, May 02, 1913; pg. 6; Issue 40201; col F
  8. ^ Right Rev. Dr. J. A. Kempthorne (Obituaries) The Times Monday, Feb 25, 1946; pg. 6; Issue 50385; col E
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Augustus Lefevre Blunt
Bishop of Hull
Succeeded by
Francis Gurdon
Preceded by
Augustus Legge
Bishop of Lichfield
Succeeded by
Edward Sydney Woods