Ralph Emmerson

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Ralph Emmerson (7 July 1913 – 31 December 2007) was Bishop of Knaresborough from 1972 to 1979. Born in Leeds, West Yorkshire on 7 July 1913 he was educated at Leeds Grammar School and King's College London.[1] He worked initially in the Youth Employment Department of Leeds Educational Authority[2] before studying for ordination at Westcott House, Cambridge. An urban priest and keen cricketer amongst many appointments he was Vicar of Headingley[3], in 1966 he was appointed Canon Missioner for the Diocese of Ripon.[4] In 1972 he was promoted again to be Suffragan Bishop of Knaresborough[5] a post he held to his retirement in 1979. For a further seven years he helped out as an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese he had served so well.[6]

He died on 31 December 2007.[7]


  1. ^ Who's Who 1992 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3514-2
  2. ^ "Debrett's People of Today": Ed Ellis,P (1992, London, Debtrett's) p 1621 ISBN 1-870520-09-2
  3. ^ Emmerson Obituary
  4. ^ Crockfords,(London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  5. ^ The Times, Thursday, 16 March 1972; p. 19; Issue 58428; col E New Bishop of Knaresborough is appointed
  6. ^ Obituary p 25 Daily Telegraph Issue no 47,472 dated 21 January 2007
  7. ^ "Obituary: The Rt Revd Ralph Emmerson". churchtimes.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-06-23. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Howard Cruse
Bishop of Knaresborough
Succeeded by
John Dennis