Charles Ritchie (priest)

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Charles Henry Ritchie
Born 28 May 1887
Died 8 September 1958 (aged 71)
Polzeath, Cornwall
Spouse(s) Marjorie Alice Stewart
Children 2 sons
Parent(s) John Macfarlane Ritchie
and Ella Ritchie
Religion Anglican
Ordained 1911 (deacon); 1912 (priest)
Offices held
Title The Reverend Canon

Charles Henry Ritchie (1887–1958) was an Anglican clergyman who served in both the Church of England and the Scottish Episcopal Church.


Born on 28 May 1887, he was the youngest son of John Macfarlane Ritchie and Ella Ritchie, of Dunedin, New Zealand.[1] He was educated at Wanganui Collegiate School, Wanganui, New Zealand; St John's College, Cambridge (B.A. 1910; M.A. 1914); and Leeds Clergy School (1910).[1][2] He was ordained in the Anglican ministry as a deacon in 1911 and a priest in 1912.[1][2] His first pastoral appointment was a curate at St. Michael's, Chester Square, London, 1911–14.[1][2] In 1915, he married Marjorie Alice Stewart, youngest daughter of Sir Charles and Lady Mary Stewart.[1] During the First World War, he served as an acting chaplain for temporary service in the Royal Navy, 1914–19.[1][2] After the war, he was briefly a curate at All Saints' Church, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1920–22,[1][2] before returning to England where was a curate at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, 1922–27.[1][2] He served as the Rector of St John's, Edinburgh, 1927–39,[1][3] and a canon of St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, 1937–39.[1][2] He was then Archdeacon of Northumberland, 1939–54, and a canon of St Nicholas' Cathedral, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1939–54.[1][2] Followed by as a canon of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, 1954–58.[1] He also served as a chaplain to King George VI and then to Queen Elizabeth II, and a chaplain to Heathfield School, Ascot.[1] He died in Polzeath, Cornwall on 8 September 1958, aged 71.[1][4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Ritchie, Rev. Canon Charles Henry. Who Was Who. 1920–2014 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 30 May 2014.  closed access publication – behind paywall
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, p. 417.
  3. ^ Bertie 2000, Scottish Episcopal Clergy, pp. 417 and 571.
  4. ^ "Calendar of Wills and Probate". 1958. p. 237. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 


  • Bertie, David M. (2000). Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689–2000. Edinburgh: T & T Clark. ISBN 0567087468. 
Scottish Episcopal Church titles
Preceded by
James Geoffrey Gordon
Rector of St John's, Edinburgh
1927 – 1939
Succeeded by
Sidney Harvie-Clark
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Leslie Stannard Hunter
Archdeacon of Northumberland
1939 – 1954
Succeeded by
Ian Hugh White-Thomson