Ernest Copleston

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Ernest Arthur Copleston (1855–1933[1]) was an Anglican Bishop in the first half of the 20th century.[2]
He was born in Barnes, London[3] and educated at St John's College, Oxford [4] and ordained in 1878.[5] His career began with curacies at St Luke, Maidenhead[6] and St Paul, Kandy.[7] Next he was the incumbent of Holy Emmanuel, Moratuwa with St Peter’s, Korolawela, Ceylon[8] and then Principal of the Diocesan Training College, Kandy until 1903. Following this he was Bishop of Calcutta for 21 years. His brother was also a bishop.


  1. ^ The Times, Saturday, Aug 26, 1933; pg. 1; Issue 46533; col A Deaths
  2. ^ ”A History of the Church of England in India” Chatterton, E: London, SPCK, 1924
  3. ^
  4. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  5. ^ Ordinations OxfordThe Times Tuesday, Sep 24, 1878; pg. 8; Issue 29368; col D
  6. ^ Church web-site
  7. ^ Church description
  8. ^ "The Clergy List" London, Kelly's 1913
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Reginald Stephen Copleston
Bishop of Calcutta and Metropolitan of India
1903 – 1924
Succeeded by
Mark Rodolph Carpenter-Garnier