Maxwell Maxwell-Gumbleton

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Maxwell Homfray Maxwell-Gumbleton (born Maxwell Homfray Smith; 17 June 1872–1 February 1952) was an Anglican bishop in the first half of the 20th century.

Maxwell-Gumbleton was born into a legal family. His father was a Puisne Judge in Jamaica.[1] He was educated at Repton School and Peterhouse and ordained in 1896.[2] After a curacy in Pucklechurch, during which time he married Ella Gillum,[3] he rose rapidly in the Church hierarchy, becoming successively Vicar of Colerne, Rural Dean of Chippenham and Bishop of Ballarat. In 1916 he changed his surname from Smith to Maxwell-Gumbleton[2] under direction of his great uncle's will (in order to remain eligible to inherit his estate).[4] After 10 years as Bishop of Ballarat he returned to England where he was appointed as an assistant to the Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich from 1931[3] – a position which was later expanded to become the Suffragan Bishop of Dunwich in 1934.[5] He was additionally Archdeacon of Sudbury 1932–1945.


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ a b "Smith (post Maxwell-Gumbleton), Maxwell Homfray (SMT891MH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ a b "Ella Maria GILLUM". Archived from the original on 2012-11-29. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Burke's biography". Archived from the original on 2012-06-30. [dead link]
  5. ^ The Times, 22 August 1934; pg. 13; Issue 46839; col F A New Suffragan Bishopric
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Arthur Green
Bishop of Ballarat
Succeeded by
Philip Crick
New title Bishop of Dunwich
Succeeded by
Clement Mallory Ricketts