Michael Furse

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Michael Furse

The Rt Rev Michael Bolton Furse, KCMG, DD was an eminent Anglican bishop[1] in the first half of the 20th century.[2]

Born in 1870[3] and educated at Eton and Trinity College, Oxford, he was ordained in 1897.[4] He was Fellow and Dean of his old college then Archdeacon of Johannesburg. In 1904 the Baker house, Bishopskop was built for him. In 1909 he was elevated to the Episcopate as Bishop of Pretoria,[5] a post he held for 11 years. The Jane Furse Memorial Hospital was built in memory of his daughter, Jane, who died of scarlet fever in 1918. In 1920 he was translated to St Albans, retiring in 1944.[6] He died on 18 June 1955.[7]


  1. ^ National Archives
  2. ^ University of the Witwatersrand papers
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  5. ^ Ecclesiastical Intelligence The Times Thursday, May 13, 1909; pg. 4; Issue 38958; col B
  6. ^ Ecclesiastical News The Times Wednesday, Sep 27, 1944; pg. 7; Issue 49965; col D
  7. ^ Bishop Michael Furse Strong Church Leadership The Times Monday, Jun 20, 1955; pg. 11; Issue 53251; col A

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Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
William Marlborough Carter
Bishop of Pretoria
1909 – 1920
Succeeded by
Neville Stuart Talbot
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Edgar Jacob
Bishop of St Albans
1920 – 1944
Succeeded by
Philip Henry Loyd