Bill Lash

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William Quinlan "Bill" Lash was the Bishop of Bombay from 1947 to 1961.[1]

Lash was born on 5 February 1905 and educated at Tonbridge School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[2] Ordained in 1929 his first post was as a curate at St Mary’s Portsea, Portsmouth.

St Mary's Portsea

He then emigrated to India, where he was Vicar of Poona until his ordination to the episcopate. In India he was a founder member of the Christa Prema Seva Sangha, which sought to live Christianity in a way that was faithful to Indian culture.[3] A noted author[4] in retirement he served as an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Truro. After retiring from Truro diocese he went to live with the Society of St Francis (an Anglican Franciscan order) at their mother house, Hilfield Friary in Dorset, where he was a much-loved member of the community. Here he continued to exercise a ministry of counsel and encouragement until his death in 1986. He is buried in the cemetery there.


  1. ^ The beginning and end of “religion” Lash, N Cambridge CUP 1996 ISBN I0521566355 The author is the nephew of Bishop Lash
  2. ^ Who was Who 1897–1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ The Times, 12 May 1947; p. 3, "New Bishop of Bombay" (See also
  4. ^ Approach to Christian Mysticism (1947), The Temple of God's Wounds ( 1951)
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Dyke Acland
Bishop of Bombay
Succeeded by
Christopher Robinson