Henry Whitehead (bishop)

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The Rt Rev Henry Whitehead, DD was an eminent Anglican clergyman in the last decade of the 19th century[1] and the first quarter of the 20th.
He was born on 19 December 1863 and educated at Sherborne and Trinity College, Oxford.[2] Ordained in 1879 his first post was as a preacher at St Nicholas, Abingdon.[3] He then emigrated to India where he was Principal of Bishop’s College, Calcutta[4] from 1883 to 1899; and then the 5th Bishop of Madras,[5] an office he held for 23 years. A noted author on his adopted country,[6] he died on 14 April 1947.[7]

Whitehead was the brother of the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead and the father of the mathematician J. H. C. Whitehead.


  1. ^ ”The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  2. ^ “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ Church details
  4. ^ Anglican History
  5. ^ The Times, Monday, Feb 13, 1899; pg. 12; Issue 35751; col A Ecclesiastical Intelligence New Bishop of Calcutta
  6. ^ Amongst others he wrote “The Village Gods of South India” (1916); “Indian Problems in Religion, Education, Politics” (1924); Christ in the Indian Villages (1930); and “Christian Education in India” (1932) > British Library web-site accessed 15:28 GMT
  7. ^ Obituary Bishop Whitehead Forty Years In India The Times Thursday, Apr 17, 1947; pg. 7; Issue 50737; col E
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Frederick Gell
Bishop of Madras
1899 – 1922
Succeeded by
Edward Harry Mansfield Waller