Edward Were

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Edward Were

Edward Ash Were (14 November 1846–8 April 1915[1]) was an Anglican suffragan bishop in the latter part of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th.

He was educated at Rugby School[2] and New College, Oxford.[3] After graduation, he was an Assistant Master at Winchester College for ten years before becoming Vicar of North Bradley in Wiltshire. After a spell as Chaplain to George Ridding, Bishop of Southwell he became the first, and long serving, Bishop of Derby (then a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Southwell).[4] In 1909 in a sideways move he was translated to the Diocese of Lichfield to be their suffragan Bishop of Stafford.[5] His son, who perished in the First World War, was also a distinguished clergyman.[6]


  1. ^ The Times, Saturday, 10 April 1915; p. 10; Issue 40825; col E "Obituary: The Bishop Of Stafford"
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ The Times, Friday, 11 February 1870; p. 3; Issue 26671; col E University Intelligence
  4. ^ The Times, Friday, 19 July 1889; p. 4; Issue 32755; col A "New Suffragan Bishop of Derby"
  5. ^ The Times, Friday, 18 June 1909; p. 7; Issue 38989; col E "Bishop Were translated to Lichfield"
  6. ^ The Times, Saturday, 18 January 1918; p. 5; Issue 41691; col E “Fallen Officers” (includes Rev Cyril Narramore Were)
Church of England titles
New title Bishop suffragan of Derby
Succeeded by
Charles Abraham
New title Bishop of Stafford
Succeeded by
Lionel Crawfurd