Macarthur was educated at the University of Glasgow and studied for ordination at Ripon College Cuddesdon. From 1878 he was Curate at St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol before Incumbencies in Lamplugh and Westminster. Promotion to Rural Dean of Ealing followed before his elevation to the Episcopate as Bishop of Bombay in 1898. After 5 years he was translated to Southampton.
In 1909, he gave the lych-gate at North Stoneham church in memory of his wife, Emily. It was designed by Isle of Wight architect Percy Stone, and built of oak timber taken from HMS Thunderer which took part in the Battle of Trafalgar.
On 2 May 1922, Macarthur died.
- "Who was Who" 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
- The Times, Saturday, 11 Jun 1898; pg. 13; Issue 35540; col A Ecclesiastical Intelligence. New Bishop of Bombay
- "Early photographs of North Stoneham Church". North Stoneham Park. 2008–2009. Retrieved 20 November 2009.
- Mann, John Edgar (2002). Book of the Stonehams. Tiverton: Halsgrove. p. 44. ISBN 1-84114-213-1.
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