Joseph Williams (bishop)

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Joseph Watkin Williams (1857 – 1934) was the third Bishop of St John's in what was then known as Kaffraria and is now the Anglican Diocese of Mthatha.[1] Educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford,[2] he was ordained deacon in 1881 and priest two year later. He emigrated to South Africa in 1894 and was Acting Rector of St Saviour, Claremont until 1898, when he was appointed Vicar general of Saint Helena. After a further three years he was elevated to the episcopate. After twenty-one years service he retired to the Cape of Good Hope area[3] and died on 18 December 1934.


  1. ^ The Times, Saturday, Aug 17, 1901; pg. 12; Issue 36536; col D Ecclesiastical Intelligence New Bishop of St John’s
  2. ^ “Who was Who 1897-1990" London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ Who's Who (Ibid)
Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
Bransby Key
Bishop of St John's
1901 – 1922
Succeeded by
Edward Etheridge