Priestley Swain

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Edgar Priestley Swain (1881–1949) was the fourth Bishop of Burnley from 1931 until 1950.[1] Educated at St John's College, Cambridge and Ripon College Cuddesdon, he was successively Curate of Holy Trinity with All Souls, Birchfield,[2] Chaplain to the Bishop of Birmingham, Vicar of Putney and Rural Dean of Barnes before ascending to the Episcopate. A man “whose great gifts marked him out for preferment",[3] his scholarship was considered a great asset to the Church in the mid Twentieth century.[4]


  1. ^ Details of Funeral service
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ The Bishop Of Burnley -Obituary The Times Wednesday, Jul 27, 1949; pg. 7; Issue 51444; col E
  4. ^ “India and the Church: being impressions of some members of the Mission of Help”Swain, EP (Ed):London, SPCK, 1923
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Henry Henn
Bishop of Burnley
1931 – 1949
Succeeded by
Charles Keith Kipling Prosser