Paul de Labilliere

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Paul Fulcrand Delacour de Labillière was the second Bishop of Knaresborough from 1934 to 1937; and, subsequently, Dean of Westminster.[1]

Born on 22 January 1879 into a legal family (his father was a Barrister of the Middle Temple)[1] he was educated at Harrow[2] and Merton College, Oxford (where he was later elected an Honorary Fellow, in 1945).[1]

After taking Holy Orders he became Chaplain to the Bishop of Durham before missionary work in South Africa.[1] He was successively Clerical Superintendent of the Liverpool Scripture Readers, Chaplain of Wadham College, Oxford,[3] Lecturer at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford and Vicar of Christ Church, High Harrogate before a 4-year stint as Suffragan Bishop of Knaresborough and Archdeacon of Leeds.[4] A quiet[5] but effective priest, his final professional appointment was as Dean of Westminster.[6]

In 1909 he married Esther Elizabeth Morkel; they had a son and a daughter. de Labillière died on 28 April 1946.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900-1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. p. 353. 
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ A period interrupted with wartime service as a chaplain to the forces (during which he was mentioned in despatches)
  4. ^ The Times, Thursday, Nov 22, 1905; pg. 14; Issue 38184; col A Ecclesiastical Intelligence
  5. ^ He listed his recreation in Who's Who as "silence"
  6. ^ The Times, Thursday, Nov 18, 1937; pg. 14; Issue 47845; col F The Deanery Of Westminster Appointment Of Bishop Of Knaresborough
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Lucius Smith
Bishop of Knaresborough
1934 – 1938
Succeeded by
John Bateman-Champain
Preceded by
William Foxley Norris
Dean of Westminster
1938 – 1946
Succeeded by
Alan Don