Samuel Thornton (bishop)

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The Rt Rev Samuel Thornton, DD, was an eminent Anglican bishop in the late quarter of the 19th century and the start of the 20th.[1] He was born in London[2] on 16 April 1835[3] and educated at Merchant Taylors' School and Queen’s College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1859[4] and after a spell at the London Diocesan Home Mission became Vicar of St Jude’s, Whitechapel. From 1864 to 1875 he was Rector of St George’s, Birmingham. In 1875[5] he was appointed Bishop of Ballarat,[6] a post he held until 1900.[7] On his return to England he became Vicar of Blackburn[8] and an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Manchester. He became a notable proponent of British Israelism. He died on 25 November 1917.[9]

Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Ballarat
1875 – 1900
Succeeded by
Arthur Vincent Green


  1. ^ Ballarat time-line
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ ADB on-line
  4. ^ ”The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889”
  5. ^ A brief history of Anglican (Church of England) Church in Ararat
  6. ^ The Times, Friday, May 14, 1875; pg. 4; Issue 28315; col E "Ecclesiastical News"
  7. ^ The Times, Friday, Jan 05, 1900; pg. 9; Issue 36031; col F "Ecclesiastical Intelligence"
  8. ^ Australian Newspapers
  9. ^ The Times, Monday, Nov 26, 1917; pg. 13; Issue 41645; col A "Deaths"