George Errington (bishop)

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George Errington
Coadjutor Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster
and Titular Archbishop of Trebizond
Installed30 March 1855
Term ended22 July 1862
Other postsBishop of Plymouth (27 June 1851–30 March 1855)
Ordination22 December 1827 (Priest)
Consecration25 July 1851 (Bishop)
Personal details
Born14 September 1804
Clints Hall
Died19 January 1886 (aged 81)
DenominationRoman Catholic Church

George Errington (1804–1886), the second son of Thomas Errington and Katherine (Dowdall) of Clints Hall, Richmond, Yorkshire, was a Roman Catholic churchman.

He was a boyhood friend of Nicholas Wiseman, who became Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster in 1850. Although two years behind Wiseman, they were both students at Ushaw and then at the English College, Rome. In 1828 he was appointed Vice-Rector of the English College, where Wiseman had been appointed Rector. Wiseman became a bishop in England in 1840, in 1843 he got Errington appointed as Director of Studies at St Mary's College, Oscott, of which Wiseman was President, and which both left in 1847. He was consecrated first Bishop of Plymouth on 25 July 1851, having previously been rector of the church of St. John the Evangelist in Salford.

In 1855 when Wiseman applied for a coadjutor, Errington was appointed, with the title of Archbishop of Trebizond in partibus. Two years later, Henry Edward Manning was appointed Provost of Westminster and he established in Bayswater his community of the Oblates of St Charles. Errington showed conscientious, but implacable hostility to Manning, and embraced in this even Wiseman, in so far as he was supposed to be acting under Manning's influence. The estrangement was largely a matter of temperament. However it was grave enough for Errington to be deprived by Pope Pius IX of his coadjutorship with right of succession in July 1860.

In 1860, and again in 1863, the Vatican offered him the archbishopric of Port of Spain, Trinidad, which he declined. When Wiseman died in 1865, the Chapter of Westminster proposed him as the first on the list of three candidates they sent to Rome, but Manning was appointed. The Vatican then asked him to take on the task of preparing for the restoration of the hierarchy in Scotland, but after considerable hesitation he declined. Meanwhile he had been helping both Bishop Goss of Liverpool and Archbishop Cullen of Dublin with various administrative matters and ordinations. Goss asked him to take charge of the mission to the Isle of Man,and from 1865 to 1868 he was Parish Priest in Douglas. He resigned from that to take part in the First Vatican Council, where he successfully opposed the Neo-ultramontanism of Manning. After that he was asked by Bishop Clifford of Clifton to teach at Prior Park, near Bath, where he died, still teaching on his deathbed, on 19 January 1886.[1]

In August 1856, Dr Errington founded St Boniface's Catholic College, Plymouth. In 1995, the school named one of their houses after him.

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  1. ^ "Archbishop George Errington". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.

Further reading[edit]

  • James, Serenhedd. George Erringtom and Roman Catholic Identity in Nineteent-Century England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. xii, 266 p.