James Simpson (priest)

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James Gilliland Simpson[1] (16 October 1865 – 10 October 1948[2]) was the Dean of Peterborough in the Church of England from 1928 to 1942.[3]

He was educated at the City of London School and Trinity College, Oxford,[4] he was ordained in 1889 and began his career with a curacy at Leeds Parish Church.[5] He was then appointed Vice Principal of Edinburgh Theological College[6] after which he was Principal of Leeds Clergy School[7] before becoming Canon of Manchester in 1910.[8] Two years later he became a Canon of St Paul's, a post he held for seventeen years before his elevation to the Deanery.[9] He was a noted author.[10][11]


  1. ^ Simpson’s heraldic arms
  2. ^ NPG Details
  3. ^ Ecclesiastical News. Appointment Of Dean Of Peterborough The Times Thursday, Oct 18, 1928; pg. 19; Issue 45027; col C
  4. ^ “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  5. ^ “St. Peter's Church at Leeds” Simpson, J.G: Leeds, Rusby, 1896
  6. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  7. ^ The Times, Saturday, Dec 02, 1899; pg. 9; Issue 36002; col B Ecclesiastical Intelligence New Principal of Leeds Clergy School
  8. ^ New Canon Of Manchester The Times Saturday, Apr 30, 1910; pg. 9; Issue 39260; col B
  9. ^ Cathedral Church of Peterborough
  10. ^ Amongst others he wrote “Fact and Faith”, 1908; “The Spirit and the Bride”, 1911;and “Catholic Evangelicalism”, 1927 British Library web site accessed Thursday 16 April 2009 10:53 GMT
  11. ^ "Obituary The Very Rev. J. G. Simpson" The Times Monday, Oct 18, 1948; pg. 6; Issue 51205; col D

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Arnold Henry Page
Dean of Peterborough
1908 –1928
Succeeded by
Noel Charles Christopherson