Ernest Copleston

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Ernest Arthur Copleston (1855 – 24 August 1933[1]) was an Anglican bishop in the first half of the 20th century.[2]

He was born in Barnes, Surrey, the fourth son of Rev. Reginald Edward, vicar of Barnes, fellow of Exeter College, Oxford,[3] and Anne Elizabeth neé Sharpe,[4] educated at St John's College, Oxford [5] and ordained in 1878.[6] His career began with curacies at St Luke's Church, Maidenhead[7] and St. Paul's Church, Kandy.[8] On 18 August 1883 he was appointed the incumbent at the Holy Emmanuel Church, Moratuwa, together with St Peter’s Church, Koralawella,[9] and then Principal of the Diocesan Training College, Kandy until 1903. On 30 August 1903 he was consecrated as the fifth Bishop of Colombo at St. Paul's Cathedral, Calcutta. A position in which he served for 21 years, until he was replaced by Mark Carpenter-Garnier in 1924.

His older brother Reginald Stephen Copleston was also an Anglican bishop and his nephew Frederick Copleston was a notable Jesuit priest.


  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. ^ "Ecclesiastical Intelligence", The Times (London), Thursday, 30 January 1902; pg. 6; Issue 36678; col B
  4. ^
  5. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  6. ^ Ordinations OxfordThe Times Tuesday, Sep 24, 1878; pg. 8; Issue 29368; col D
  7. ^ Church web-site
  8. ^ Church description
  9. ^ "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