Reginald Copleston

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Most Reverend Reginald Stephen Copleston, DD (26 December 1845 – 19 April 1925) was an Anglican priest and author[1] who served as Bishop in India for more than 30 years.[2]

Biography[edit]

Copleston was born in Barnes, London,[3] the son of Rev. R. E. Copleston, Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford.[4] He was educated at Merchant Taylors'[5] and Merton College, Oxford, where he graduated in 1869. In the same year he was elected to a tutorial fellowship at St John's College, Oxford,[4] and ordained as deacon in 1871.[6] During his time at Oxford he was editor of the Oxford Spectator.

Four years later, in 1875, he was ordained priest and received the degree Doctor of Divinity (DD). Later the same year he was appointed Bishop of Colombo as one of the youngest prelates to be consecrated bishop, and was occasionally known as the Boy Bishop in the following years.[4] He served in Colombo for 27 years, spending some of his time studying the native religions. In early 1902 he was translated to become Bishop of Calcutta and Metropolitan of India.[4] He held these posts until 1913.

Family[edit]

Copleston married, in 1889, Edith Chenevix Trench (1844-1942), daughter of Richard Chenevix Trench, Archbishop of Dublin. They had one son and two daughters

His nephew Frederick Copleston was a notable Jesuit priest.

Publications[edit]

  • Theravada Buddhism, first published 1892

References[edit]

  1. ^ Open Library
  2. ^ ”A History of the Church of England in India” Chatterton, E: London, SPCK, 1924
  3. ^ thePeerage.com
  4. ^ a b c d "Ecclesiastical Intelligence", The Times (London), Thursday, Jan 30, 1902; pg. 6; Issue 36678; col B
  5. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  6. ^ "Ordinations Canterbury", The Times (London), Tuesday, Sep 26, 1871; pg. 4; Issue 27178; col D
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Hugh Willoughby Jermyn
Bishop of Colombo
1875–1902
Succeeded by
Ernest Arthur Copleston
Preceded by
James Edward Cowell Welldon
Bishop of Calcutta and Metropolitan of India
1902–1913
Succeeded by
George Alfred Lefroy