Alfred Rawlinson (bishop)

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Alfred Rawlinson
Bishop of Derby
Diocese Diocese of Derby
In office 1936–1959
Predecessor Edmund Pearce
Successor Geoffrey Allen
Other posts Archdeacon of Auckland, Canon of Durham, & bishop's examining chaplain (1929–1936)
Ordination 1909 (deacon); 1910 (priest)
Consecration 1936
by Cosmo Gordon Lang
Personal details
Born (1884-07-17)17 July 1884
Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Died 17 July 1960(1960-07-17) (aged 76)
London, UK
Buried 17 September 1960, Derby Cathedral (ashes interred)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Residence Golders Green, London (in retirement)
Parents Alfred Rawlinson & Anna
Spouse Mildred née Ellis (m. 1919)
Children one son
Profession divinity scholar
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Oxford

Alfred Edward John Rawlinson (called Jack;[1] 17 July 1884 – 17 July 1960)[2] was an eminent British scholar of divinity[3] and an Anglican bishop. He was the second Bishop of Derby[4] (a diocesan bishop in the Church of England) from 1936[5] until his retirement in 1959.[6]


Born at Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire and educated at Dulwich College[7] and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, he was ordained a deacon in 1909 and a priest in 1910.[8] He married Mildred, oldest daughter of P. A. Ellis (sometime Vicar of St Mary-the-Virgin, Tothill Fields), and they had one son.[7]

His academic career began as a tutor at Keble College, Oxford (1909–1913). Further academic posts at Christ Church, Oxford and Corpus followed: he was a Student (the Christ Church equivalent of a Fellow at other colleges) and Tutor at Christ Church from 1914 to 1929, and assistant chaplain and college lecturer in divinity at Corpus Christi from 1920 to 1929. He was also a university lecturer in divinity studies from 1927 to 1929.[7]

Meanwhile, his priestly ministry included examining chaplain to John Kempthorne, Bishop of Lichfield (1913–1929) and a brief spell as priest-in-charge of St John the Evangelist, Wilton Road (Victoria, London; 1917–1918). He was appointed a Chaplain to the King (George V; 1930–1936) and departed Oxford to become Archdeacon of Auckland, a Canon Residentiary of Durham Cathedral,[9] and examining chaplain to Hensley Henson, Bishop of Durham (all 1929–1936), before his election to the See of Derby. He was consecrated a bishop by Cosmo Gordon Lang, Archbishop of Canterbury, on St Matthias' day (24 February) 1936 at St Paul's Cathedral.[10] He retired to Golders Green and died at a London hospital.[11] His ashes were interred in Derby Cathedral at a memorial service on 17 September 1960.[12]



  • Dogma, Fact, and Experience (1915)
  • Religious Reality: A Book for Men London: Longmans, Green & Co (1918)
  • Catholicism with freedom : an appeal for a new policy / being a paper read at the Anglo-Catholic congress at Birmingham on the 22nd June, 1922; and now addressed as an open letter to all members of the Church of England ... London: Longmans (1922)
  • Adventures in the Near East, 1918–1922 London: Melrose. Attr. King's College London (1924)
  • Authority and freedom: Bishop Paddock Lectures. 1923 London, Longmans, Green (1924)
  • The New Testament Doctrine of the Christ Bampton Lectures (1926)
  • Christ in the Gospels Oxford: Oxford University Press (1944)
  • The Anglican Communion in Christendom London: SPCK (1960).

Contributor to[edit]

  • Essays Catholic and Critical edited by E G Selwyn London SPCK (1926)
  • Essays on the Trinity and the Incarnation London Longmans (1928)
  • God and the World through Christian Eyes London: Student Christian Movement Press (1933)
  • The Christian Faith: essays in explanation and defence London: Eyre & Spottiswoode (1944).


  1. ^ "The congress personalities (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#Supp.). 4 October 1935. p. v. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 5 January 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  2. ^ Rt. Rev. A. E. J. Rawlinson Scholarly Bishop The Times Monday, 18 July 1960; pg. 12; Issue 54826; col D
  3. ^ Amongst others he wrote "Dogma, Fact, and Experience", 1915; "Religious Reality", 1918; "Studies in Historical Christianity", 1922; "The Church of England and the Church of Christ", 1930; "Christ in the Gospels", 1944; "Problems of Reunion", 1950;and "Current Problems of the Church", 1956: British Library Web Site accessed 15 February 2009 08;26 GMT
  4. ^ Diocesan details Archived 20 November 2008 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ New Bishop Of Derby Archdeacon Rawlinson Appointed The Times Saturday, 21 Dec 1935; pg. 10; Issue 47253; col E
  6. ^ The Times, Saturday, 18 Apr 1959; pg. 6; Issue 54438; col E Bishop Of Derby
  7. ^ a b c Rawlinson, Alfred Edward John. Who Was Who. 1920–2016 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 5 January 2017.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  8. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1940–1941 (Oxford: OUP, 1941)
  9. ^ Bygone Derbyshire
  10. ^ "Consecration of three bishops at St. Paul's. (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#3814). 28 February 1936. p. 246. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 5 January 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ "in memoriam: Bishop Rawlinson (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#5084). 22 July 1960. p. 8. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 5 January 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 
  12. ^ "Church to Commemorate Dr. Rawlinson? (Archived; subscription only)". Church Times (#503). 23 September 1960. p. 15. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 5 January 2017. (Subscription required (help)). 

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edmund Pearce
Bishop of Derby
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Allen