Alan Wilson (bishop)

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The Rt Revd
Alan Wilson[1]
DPhil MA(Cantab)
Bishop of Buckingham
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Oxford
Installed c. 2003
Predecessor Mike Hill
Ordination 1979
Consecration 9 October 2003[2]
Personal details
Born (1955-03-27) 27 March 1955 (age 60)
Redford Barracks, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Lucy (wife)[1]
Children 5 children: Catherine, Stephanie, Stewart, Nicholas, Anna[1]
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge

Alan Thomas Lawrence Wilson (born 27 March 1955[3]) has been the area Bishop of Buckingham in the Diocese of Oxford since 2003.

Wilson was born in Redford Barracks in Edinburgh, Scotland, and went to Sevenoaks School in Kent, southeast England, for his secondary education. He studied history at St John's College, Cambridge (BA 1977, MA 1981). From 1977 to 1979, he studied at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He was ordained deacon in 1979 and priest in 1980.[3] From 1979 to 1981 he was an honorary assistant curate of Eynsham[3] (where he met his future wife, Lucy) and also held an academic position funded by the University of Oxford.[4] From 1981 to 1982, he was an assistant curate in the same parish, his academic position having ended.[3] His DPhil, for which he studied as a student of Balliol College, Oxford, was awarded in 1989.[3] He had completed his thesis in 1988. The official title of his thesis is The theology of church and party of some London ritualistic clergy and parishes, 1880–1914, with special reference to the Church Crisis of 1898-1906, although it bears the unofficial title The authority of church and party among London Anglo-Catholics, 1880–1914, with special reference to the Church Crisis, 1898–1904.[5]

Wilson spent the following years of his ministry in a variety of positions, including as a prison chaplain.[6] He was Vicar of St Michaels, Sandhurst,[2] Rural Dean of Sonning and finally (before his ordination to the episcopate) a canon at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.


  • Alan Wilson Esq (1955–1979)
  • The Revd Alan Wilson (1979–1989)
  • The Revd Dr Alan Wilson (1989–1998)
  • The Revd Canon Dr Alan Wilson (1998–2003)
  • The Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson (2003–present)


  1. ^ a b c Bishop Alan — About Me
  2. ^ a b Simon Kershaw — Ordination of Bishops
  3. ^ a b c d e Crockford's Clerical Directory (97th edn, London, 2001), p. 829.
  4. ^ Christine Zwart, God in the Life of Alan Wilson, Oxford Diocese website, 9 October 2003. Accessed 13 October 2008.
  5. ^ Oxford University library catalogue.
  6. ^ Interview with Bishop Alan.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Mike Hill
Bishop of Buckingham