Llewellyn Gwynne

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Llewellyn Henry Gwynne, CMG, CBE (11 June 1863 – 9 December 1957) was the first Anglican Bishop of Egypt and Sudan (1920 - 1946).

Early life[edit]

Llewellyn Henry Gwynne was born in Britain on 11 June 1863, in Swansea, South Wales. While he was a pupil at the Bishop Gore School ( Swansea Grammar School), his headmaster encouraged him to follow the example of his brother Charlie by working hard and pursuing his interest in the Bible.

Ordained in 1886, he was vicar of Emmanuel Church, Nottingham from 1892 - 1899. He also played football for Derby County.

He began his overseas career in 1899 as a Christian missionary in east Africa. In 1905 Gwynne was appointed archdeacon for the Sudan; and in 1908 he was consecrated Bishop of Khartoum.

Recalled to Europe in World War I bishop Llewellyn joined the army as chaplain. In July 1915 he was appointed deputy chaplain-general of the army in France, with the relative rank of major-general.

Bishop of Egypt and the Sudan[edit]

Bishop Llewellyn Gwynne returned to the Sudan in 1919. In 1920, he became the bishop of the new Anglican diocese of Egypt and the Sudan. He became a resident in Cairo, Egypt and would come to the Sudan on visits. In 1924 Gwynne held the first Annual Unity Service in Khartoum Cathedral. In 1926 Gwynne and the Mufti (the religious head of Moslems) stood together to bless the new Sennar Dam. He founded the Unity High School in Khartoum, and the school was officially opened in 1928. In 1929 he dedicated the first church building at Atbarah Railway Station. In 1937 Bishop Gwynne laid the foundation stone of a lepers' church in Lui.

Bishop Gwynne returned to Britain during World War II and formally retired in 1946.

He died on 9 December 1957 at the age of ninety-four. His pectoral cross is on display at the Museum of Army Chaplaincy.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Jackson, H. C. Pastor on the Nile. (1960. London: SPCK)
  • Vantini, Giovanni. Christianity in the Sudan. (1981. Bologna: EMI Publishers)

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Anglican Communion titles
New diocese Bishop of Egypt
1920–1946
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Francis Allen