John Willis (bishop)

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John Willis
Bishop of Uganda
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John Willis, photographed c. 1910–15
Diocese Diocese of Uganda
In office 1912–1934
Predecessor Alfred Tucker
Successor Cyril Stuart
Other posts assistant bishop in Leicester
Personal details
Born (1872-01-08)8 January 1872
Died 12 November 1954(1954-11-12) (aged 82)

John Jamieson Willis CBE (8 November 1872 – 12 November 1954) was an Anglican bishop, Bishop of Uganda from 1912 to 1934 and subsequently Assistant Bishop of Leicester.[1] He and William George Peel, Bishop of Mombasa, were accused of heresy during the Kikuyu controversy.


Born on 8 November 1872, the second son of William Willis, Accountant-General of the Navy, and great-grandson of Joseph Tucker, Surveyor of the Navy[2][3] Willis was educated at Haileybury and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he took a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1894, Cambridge Master of Arts (MA Cantab) in 1899, and Doctor of Divinity (DD) in 1912.[4][5] He was ordained in 1895[6] and began his career with a curacy in Great Yarmouth. Then he began a long period of service as a CMS missionary in Africa eventually becoming Archdeacon of Kavirondo before his appointment to the episcopate in 1912.[7][8] In 1934 he returned to England to be Assistant Bishop of Leicester. He died on 12 November 1954.


  1. ^ Who was Who 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ "Haileybury Register". Haileybury and Imperial Service College. 1910. p. 366.
  3. ^ Alumni Cantabrigienses, Volume 2: From 1752 to 1900, Part 6: Square- Zupitza, pg 507
  4. ^ "Willis, John Jamieson (WLS891JJ)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  5. ^ The Times, Friday, Jan 14, 1898; pg. 6; Issue 35413; col A University Intelligence. Cambridge, Jan. 13
  6. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  7. ^ New Bishop Of Uganda The Times Saturday, Dec 23, 1911; pg. 3; Issue 39776; col E
  8. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives[permanent dead link]

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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Alfred Tucker
Bishop of Uganda
Succeeded by
Cyril Stuart