Edmund Knox (bishop of Manchester)
The Right Reverend Edmund Arbuthnott Knox (6 December 1847 – 16 January 1937) was the fourth Bishop of Manchester, from 1903 to 1921. He was described as a prominent evangelical. Born in Bangalore, the second son of the Reverend George Knox and Mary Anne Reynolds and educated at St Paul's and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, he was ordained in 1872 and began his ecclesiastical career with a period as Fellow, Tutor, and Dean of Merton College, Oxford. He was also rector of St Wilfrid's Church in Kibworth from 1884 to 1891, and afterwards Archdeacon of Birmingham.
in spite of strong sentimental objections very naturally entertained, we shall come to see that under the conditions of modern life cremation is not only preferable from the sanitary point of view, but that it is also the most reverent and decent treatment of the bodies of the dead.
Knox died on 16 January 1937. On 27 January 1937, a memorial service was held at All Souls Church, Langham Place. The Reverend H. Earnshaw Smith, then Rector of All Souls, officiated the service, the Reverend Sidney Nowell Rostron read the lesson and the Reverend T. W. Gilbert gave the address.
Bishop Knox was married twice. Firstly he married Ellen Penelope French (1854–1892) in 1878, daughter of Thomas Valpy French, Bishop of Lahore. Secondly he married Ethel Mary Newton in 1895, daughter of Canon Horace Newton of Holmwood, Redditch and Glencripesdale Estate Argyllshire.
He was father of six children by his first wife Ellen French:
- Ethel Knox (1879–1958)
- Edmund George Valpy Knox (1881–1971) who was editor of Punch magazine
- Winifred Frances Knox (1882–1961), married James Peck and became known as an author under the name "Winifred Peck"
- Alfred Dillwyn Knox (1884–1943), known as "Dilly", a classical scholar, and a codebreaker in both World Wars
- Wilfred Lawrence Knox (1886–1950), Anglican priest
- Ronald Arbuthnott Knox (1888–1957), former Anglican priest who became a Roman Catholic priest and translator of the Bible.
- Cross & Livingstone (1984). The Oxford Dictionary of The Christian Church. p. 786.
- "Birmingham Crematorium". The Lancet 162 (4181): 1109. 17 October 1903. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(01)46268-4.
- "Memorial Service". The Times (47594). 28 January 1937. p. 17.
- "Anecdotal stories about St. Wilfrid's and its Rectors". Retrieved 2007-01-20.
- The Scotsman, Monday 18 January 1937, Obituary "Bishop Knox, Death of Evangelical Leader"
- Portraits of Edmund Arbuthnott Knox at the National Portrait Gallery, London
- Bibliographic directory from Project Canterbury
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