George Wilkinson (bishop)

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Bishop Wilkinson as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, December 1885

George Howard Wilkinson was Bishop of Truro[1] and then of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane,[2] in the last quarter of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th.


He was born on 1 May 1833 and educated at Durham School and Oriel College, Oxford[3] and then embarked on an ecclesiastical career with a curacy at Kensington after which he held incumbencies at Seaham Harbour, Auckland, Soho and Eaton Square, a parish in a wealthy part of London,[4] before elevation to the Episcopate.

The founder of the Community of the Epiphany (1883)[5] he died on 1 December 1907.[6]


On 14 July 1857, he married Caroline Charlotte, daughter of lieutenant-colonel Benfield Des Vœux, fourth son of Sir Charles Des Voeux, 1st Baronet; she died on 6 September 1877; they had three sons and five daughters.[7]


  1. ^ "Consecration of the Bishop of Truro", The Times Wednesday, May 16, 1883; p. 6; Issue 30821; col F
  2. ^ "New Bishop of St Andrews" The Times, Friday, Apr 28, 1893; p. 8; Issue 33937; col D
  3. ^ Who was Who 1897–1990. London: A. & C. Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  5. ^ Article by Richard Savill “Last surviving nun of 127 year old order” (p.7) Daily Telegraph Tuesday 4 November 2008
  6. ^ "Death of the Bishop of St. Andrews". The Times Thursday, Dec 12, 1907; p. 4; Issue 38514; col C
  7. ^  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBuckland, Augustus Robert (1912). "Wilkinson, George Howard". In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement​. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 
Religious titles
Preceded by
Edward White Benson
Bishop of Truro
1883 –1891
Succeeded by
John Gott
Preceded by
Charles Wordsworth
Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane
Succeeded by
Charles Edward Plumb
Preceded by
James Butler Knill Kelly
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Succeeded by
Walter John Forbes Robberds

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