Hugh Gough (bishop)

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Hugh Rowlands Gough, CMG, OBE, TD[1] (19 September 1905 – 13 November 1997) was an Anglican bishop.

Gough was born into a clerical family.[2] He was educated at Weymouth College and Trinity College, Cambridge[3] and made deacon in 1928 and ordained a priest in 1929. His first position was as a curate at St Mary’s Islington.

He was then successively perpetual curate of St Paul's Walcot, Bath, vicar of St James' Carlisle,[4] a chaplain in the British Armed Forces during World War II and (before his consecration to the episcopate) the Rural Dean of Islington in 1946 and prebendary of St Paul's Cathedral, London, in 1948.[5]

He was the Bishop of Barking[6] from 1948 to 1959 and Archdeacon of West Ham for most of that time before he was translated to be the Archbishop of Sydney, during which time he also served as Primate of the Church of England in Australia.[7]

In 1961 he courted controversy by attacking atheist philosophers at Sydney University such as John Anderson for corrupting the youth.[8]

His departure from Australia followed a complaint and allegations of having had an improper relationship with a married woman , after which the Rector of Darling Point was instructed to seek his immediate resignation .


  1. ^ NPG details
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  3. ^ Who's Who 1970 London, A & C Black, 1971 ISBN 0-7136-1140-5
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76. London: Oxford University Press, 1976. ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  5. ^ Loane, M. L. (29 November 1997). "Obituary: The Right Rev Hugh Gough". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2015-04-06. 
  6. ^ New Bishop Suffragan Of Barking, The Times, 26 August 1948, p. 6.
  7. ^ Australia Primate Resigns, The Times, 25 May 1966, p. 10.
  8. ^ J. Franklin, Corrupting the Youth: A history of philosophy in Australia (Macleay Press, 2003), ch.5.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
James Theodore Inskip
Bishop of Barking
1948 – 1959
Succeeded by
William Frank Percival Chadwick
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Howard West Kilvinton Mowll
Archbishop of Sydney
1959 – 1966
Succeeded by
Marcus Lawrence Loane
Primate of Australia
1959 – 1966
Succeeded by
Philip Nigel Warrington Strong