Spencer Leeson

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The Rt Rev Spencer Leeson,[1] born Spencer Stottesbury Gwatkin Leeson, was an eminent[2] Headmaster[3] and Anglican Bishop[4] in the mid 20th century.[5]
He was born on 9 October 1892 and educated at Winchester and New College, Oxford.[6] After World War I service with the Middlesex Regiment he was Assistant Principal at the Board of Education then an Assistant Master at his old school. He was appointed Headmaster of Merchant Taylors’[7] in 1927 then Winchester[8] eight years later. Ordained Deacon in 1939 [9] and Priest in 1940 he was Rector of St. Mary's Church, Southampton[10] and then Wiccamical Prebendary at Chichester Cathedral. Elevated to the See of Peterborough in 1949, he held this post until his death on 27 January 1956.[11]


  1. ^ details
  2. ^ Open Library
  3. ^ Wykeham Day Address
  4. ^ List of incumbents
  5. ^ Ecclesiastical News. Canon Leeson For See Of Peterborough The Times Friday, Apr 08, 1949; pg. 4; Issue 51351; col G
  6. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  7. ^ School notes
  8. ^ Time Magazine
  9. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  10. ^ The Times, Monday, Jan 21, 1946; pg. 4; Issue 50355; col F Canon Leeson's New Appointment
  11. ^ Obituary- Dr. Spencer Leeson The Bishop Of Peterborough The Times Saturday, Jan 28, 1956; pg. 9; Issue 53440; col A
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Claude Martin Blagden
Bishop of Peterborough
1949 – 1956
Succeeded by
Robert Wright Stopford
Academic offices
Preceded by
Alwyn Williams
Headmaster of Winchester College
Succeeded by
Walter Oakeshott