James Bowstead

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The Right Reverend
James Bowstead
Bishop of Lichfield
Bp James Bowstead by Martin Archer Shee.jpg
Diocese Diocese of Lichfield
In office 1840–1843
Predecessor Samuel Butler
Successor John Lonsdale
Personal details
Born (1801-05-01)1 May 1801
Died 11 October 1843(1843-10-11) (aged 42)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

James Bowstead (1801–1843) was an Anglican clergyman who served in the Church of England as the Bishop of Sodor and Man (1838–1840) and Bishop of Lichfield (1840–1843).[1]

Born in Great Salkeld on 1 May 1801, he was educated at Bampton grammar school and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge,[2] where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1824 and a Doctorate of Divinity in 1834.[3] He was a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (1824–1838) and also a tutor at the college (1832–1838).[3] During that period, he was ordained a priest in the Anglican ministry in 1827 and became Rector of Rettendon, Essex in 1837.[3]

He was nominated Bishop of Sodor and Man by Queen Victoria on 13 July 1838 and was consecrated by Archbishop William Howley of Canterbury on 22 July 1838.[4][5] Eighteen months later, he was translated to the bishopric of Lichfield on 23 January 1840.[6][7]

He died in office at Clifton, Bristol on 11 October 1843, aged 42.[6][7]


  1. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, pp. 255 and 274.
  2. ^ "Bowstead, James (BWST820J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ a b c "James Bowstead - Bishop 1838-1840". A Manx Note Book: People. Isle of Man.com. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 274.
  5. ^ Horn, J. M.; Smith, D. M.; Mussett, P. (2004). "Bishops of Sodor and Man". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857: Volume 11: Carlisle, Chester, Durham, Manchester, Ripon, and Sodor and Man Dioceses. British History Online. pp. 141–146. 
  6. ^ a b Fryde et al. 1986, Handbook of British Chronology, p. 255.
  7. ^ a b Horn, J. M. (2003). "Bishops of Lichfield". Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae 1541–1857: Volume 10: Coventry and Lichfield Diocese. British History Online. pp. 1–5. 


Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Ward
Bishop of Sodor and Man
Succeeded by
Henry Pepys
Preceded by
Samuel Butler
Bishop of Lichfield
Succeeded by
John Lonsdale