George Appleton

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George Appleton CMG, MBE[1] (20 February 1902 – 28 August 1993) was an Anglican bishop in the third quarter of the twentieth century and a writer.[2][3]

Born in Windsor, he was educated at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he gained his B.A. in 1924, followed by his M.A. in 1929. Meanwhile, he trained at St Augustine's College, Canterbury, subsequently he was ordained a deacon in 1925 and a priest at St Dunstan's, Stepney, the Stepney parish church, in 1926.[3][4][5] After the curacy, he spent the next 20 years in Burma as a SPG missionary, ending this part of his ministry as Archdeacon of Rangoon[6] before returning to England. He was next vicar of Headstone[7] then rector of St Botolph's Aldgate.[8] In 1962 he became Archdeacon of London and a canon of St Paul's Cathedral and a year later Archbishop of Perth.[9] In 1969 he was translated to Jerusalem.[10] He retired in 1974, and thereafter served as Assistant Curate at St Michael, Cornhill in the Diocese of London.

A prominent writer,[11] he was awarded the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal by the Council of Christians and Jews in 1975.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Appleton was married to Marjorie (Madge) in Holy Trinity Cathedral, Yangon (then Rangoon) in 1929. The couple has three children, Margaret, Timothy and Rachel. His wife died on 16 April 1980. He died on 28 August 1993.[3]



  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Archived August 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b c "The Most Reverend George Appleton: The Fourth Archbishop of Perth (1963-1969)". Anglican Diocese of Perth. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  4. ^ Who Was Who 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory; 1940-41. London: OUP, 1941
  6. ^ Project Canterbury- Anglicanism in Burma
  7. ^ Church web-site
  8. ^ Mundas
  9. ^ The Times, 14 March 1963; pg. 11; Issue 55649; col G Post For Canon Of St. Paul's
  10. ^ New Archbishop In Jerusalem The Times 14 November 1968; pg. 12; Issue 57408; col F
  11. ^ Amongst others he wrote “John’s Witness to Jesus”, 1955; “ On the Eightfold Path”, 1961; “Journey for a Soul”, 1974; “ Glimpses of Faith”, 1982; and “The Heart of the Bible” 1989 > British Library website accessed 17:18 GMT 17 July 2009
  12. ^ Who was Who (ibid)
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Oswin Harvard Gibbs-Smith
Archdeacon of London
1962 – 1963
Succeeded by
Martin Gloster Sullivan
Preceded by
Robert William Haines Moline
Archbishop of Perth
1963 – 1969
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Tremayne Sambell
Preceded by
Angus Campbell MacInnes
Archbishop of Jerusalem
1969 – 1974
Succeeded by
Robert Stopford