Robert Bickersteth (bishop)

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For his son, the Liberal MP, see Robert Bickersteth (MP).
Robert Bickersteth

The Rt Rev Robert Bickersteth (24 August 1816 - 15 April 1884) was the Anglican Bishop of Ripon in the mid 19th century.[1]

Robert Bickersteth was born into an ecclesiastical family[2] and educated at Queens' College, Cambridge.[3] Ordained in 1845, his first post was as a Curate to his father. After a further curacy in Reading he became Rector of St John’s, Clapham and then of St Giles in the Fields. Between 1854 and 1857 he was a Canon at Salisbury Cathedral when he was elevated to the Episcopate as the Bishop of Ripon,[4] a post he held until his death.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1858.[5]

His son, also named Robert Bickersteth, was a Liberal MP.[6]

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  1. ^ The Times 16 April 1884; p.6; Issue 31109; col E Death of the Bishop of Ripon
  2. ^ His father was the Rev John Bickersteth sometime Rector of Sapcote and his brother a future Dean of Lichfield Times Obituary (Ibid)
  3. ^ "Bickersteth, Robert (BKRT837R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ A vision of Britain
  5. ^ "Library and Archive Catalogue". Royal Society. Retrieved 14 December 2010. 
  6. ^ Catalogue of the papers of the Bickersteth family, 1815-1976
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Charles Thomas Longley
Bishop of Ripon
1857 – 1884
Succeeded by
William Boyd Carpenter