Henry Whitehead (bishop)

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Henry Whitehead (19 December 1863 – 14 April 1947) was an eminent Anglican priest in the last decade of the 19th century[1] and the first quarter of the 20th.

Whitehead was 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. On 6 July 1899 he was consecrated as the fifth Bishop of Madras,[5][6] an office he held for 23 years. In 1903 he married Isabel Duncan.[7] A noted author on his adopted country, he died on 14 April 1947.[8] He had become a Doctor of Divinity (DD).

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. ^ "Consecration Of Bishops.". Canterbury Journal, Kentish Times and Farmers' Gazette. 8 July 1899. p. 7 col B. Retrieved 2016-05-28 – via British Newspaper Archive. 
  6. ^ The Times, Monday, 13 February 1899; pg. 12; Issue 35751; col A Ecclesiastical Intelligence New Bishop of Calcutta
  7. ^ "Marriage". Warminster & Westbury Journal, and Wilts County Advertiser. 18 July 1903. p. 8 col E. Retrieved 2016-05-28 – via British Newspaper Archive. 
  8. ^ "Obituary Bishop Whitehead Forty Years In India" The Times Thursday, 17 April 1947; pg. 7; Issue 50737; col E
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Frederick Gell
Bishop of Madras
Succeeded by
Edward Waller