John Ramsbotham

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The Right Reverend
John Ramsbotham
Bishop of Wakefield
Church Church of England
Province Province of York
Diocese Diocese of Wakefield
In office 1958 to 1967
Predecessor Roger Wilson
Successor Eric Treacy
Other posts Bishop of Jarrow, Diocese of Durham (1950–1958)
Ordination 1929 (deacon)
1930 (priest)
Consecration 1950
Personal details
Birth name John Alexander Ramsbotham
Born (1906-02-15)15 February 1906
Died 16 December 1989(1989-12-16) (aged 83)
Nationality British
Denomination Anglicanism
Spouse Eirian Morgan Owen (m. 1933–88)
Children Three
Education Haileybury and Imperial Service College
Alma mater Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

John Alexander Ramsbotham[1] (25 February 1906 – 16 December 1989) was an eminent Anglican clergyman during the middle third of the 20th century.

Early life and education[edit]

Son of late Rev. Alexander Ramsbotham and of late (Margaret) Emily, née Cooke (m 1896). Educated at Haileybury[2] and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

Ordained ministry[edit]

Ramsbotham was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1929 and as a priest in 1930.[3] His first post was as a Curate at All Hallows Lombard Street,[4] after which he became a Chaplain to the Student Christian Movement. Appointed Vice Principal of Wells Theological College and then Warden of the College of the Ascension, Selly Oak, after a brief spell as Rector of Ordsall in the Diocese of Southwell, in 1942 he became Vicar of St George’s, Jesmond before elevation to the Episcopate as Bishop of Jarrow (and Archdeacon of Auckland) eight years later.[5] Translated to Wakefield[6] in 1958 he retired in 1967.

Personal life[edit]

He married in 1933, Eirian Morgan Owen (d 1988); three sons (one of whom David Ramsbotham, Baron Ramsbotham) and two daughters.


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ "John Alexander Ramsbotham". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 18 July 2016.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76. London: Oxford University Press, 1976. ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  5. ^ Ecclesiastical News Consecration Of Bishop Of Jarrow The Times Friday, 3 February 1950; p. 7; Issue 51606; col C
  6. ^ Former Bishops of Wakefield
Church of England titles
Preceded by
David Colin Dunlop
Bishop of Jarrow
1950 – 1958
Succeeded by
Mervyn Armstrong
Preceded by
Roger Plumpton Wilson
Bishop of Wakefield
1958 – 1967
Succeeded by
Eric Treacy