Paul de Labilliere

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Paul Fulcrand Delacour de Labilliere was the second Bishop of Knaresborough from 1934 to 1938; and, subsequently, Dean of Westminster.

Born on 22 January 1879 into a legal family[1] he was educated at Harrow[2] and Merton College, Oxford.

After taking Holy Orders he became Chaplain to the Bishop of Durham before missionary work in South Africa.[3] He was successively Clerical Superintendent of the Liverpool Scripture Readers, Chaplain of Wadham College, Oxford,[4] Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and Vicar of Christ Church, High Harrogate before a 4 year stint as Suffragan Bishop of Knaresborough and Archdeacon of Leeds.[5] A quiet[6] but effective priest, his final appointment was as Dean of Westminster.[7]


  1. ^ His father was a Barrister of the Middle Temple
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ During which time he married Esther Morkel
  4. ^ A period interrupted with wartime service as a chaplain to the forces (during which he was mentioned in despatches)
  5. ^ The Times, Thursday, Nov 22, 1905; pg. 14; Issue 38184; col A Ecclesiastical Intelligence
  6. ^ He listed his recreation in Who's Who as "silence"
  7. ^ The Times, Thursday, Nov 18, 1937; pg. 14; Issue 47845; col F The Deanery Of Westminster Appointment Of Bishop Of Knaresborough
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Lucius Smith
Bishop of Knaresborough
1934 – 1938
Succeeded by
John Bateman-Champain
Preceded by
William Foxley Norris
Dean of Westminster
1938 – 1946
Succeeded by
Alan Don