Derek Watson (priest)

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Derek Watson was the Dean of Salisbury in the Church of England from 1996[1] to his retirement in 2002.

Born on 18 February 1938 and educated at Uppingham School and Selwyn College, Cambridge,[2] he was ordained into the priesthood in 1965 after a period of study at Ripon College Cuddesdon.[3] His first post was as a Curate at All Saints, New Eltham,[4] after which he was Chaplain of Christ's College, Cambridge. He was then Domestic Chaplain to the Bishop of Southwark and then Vicar of St Andrew's and St Mark’s, Surbiton.[5] Promotion to be Canon Treasurer of Southwark Cathedral followed and, after a spell as Rector of St Luke's and Christ Church, Chelsea,[6] he was elevated to the Deanery. He is now Preacher of Lincoln's Inn.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Sheila Watson (née Atkinson). She is also a Church of England priest and the current Archdeacon of Canterbury.[2] They are both keen cyclists.


Church of England titles
Preceded by
Hugh Geoffrey Dickinson
Dean of Salisbury
Succeeded by
June Osborne