Archibald Fleming

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Archibald Lang Fleming FRGS was the inaugural Bishop of The Arctic[1] from 1933[2] to 1949.

Born on 8 September 1883 and educated at Greenock Academy and Glasgow University he was in the drawing office at John Brown & Co, a shipyard in Clydebank, until 1906[3] when he went to Canada to prepare for missionary work at Wycliffe College.[4] Ordained in 1912[5] he was a missionary in Baffin Island until 1916. Later he was Chaplain of his old theological college then Rector of Saint John, New Brunswick. He was Archdeacon of The Arctic from 1927[6] to his elevation to the Episcopate. A noted author,[7] he died on 17 May 1953[8]


  1. ^ The Times, Friday, Dec 22, 1933; pg. 9; Issue 46634; col A First Bishop of The Arctic
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975/6 Lambeth, Church House Publishing 0108153674
  3. ^ Canadian Christians
  4. ^ Who was Who 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ ”The Clergy List” London, Kelly’s, 1913
  6. ^ Canadian Encyclopaedia
  7. ^ Amongst others he wrote "For Us, a series of devotional addresses on the Seven Last Words", 1923; "A Book of Remembrance, a History of St John’s Church, St John, NB", 1925; "Dwellers in Arctic Night", 1928; "Perils of the Polar Pack", 1932; and "Flying Beyond the Arctic Circle", 1933 > British Library web site accessed 18:27GMT Tuesday 18th May, 2010
  8. ^ Bishop A. L. Fleming Mission Work In The Arctic The Times Tuesday, May 19, 1953; pg. 8; Issue 52625; col E

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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of The Arctic
1933 – 1949
Succeeded by
Donald Ben Marsh