Reginald Foskett

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Reginald Foskett (1909 – 13 November 1973) was the fourth Anglican Bishop of Penrith in the modern era.[1]

Born in 1909[2] he was educated at Derby School and Keble College, Oxford and ordained priest in 1933. After Curacies at Gedling and Mansfield he was Rector at Ordsall[3] followed by service as Rural Dean of Ilkeston. From 1957 he was Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh [4] before elevation to the Episcopate a decade later: a post he was to hold for only three years, retiring prematurely due to ill-health.[5] A dedicated historian of the church and of African history.,[6] he died on 13 November 1973.


  1. ^ New Bishop Of Penrith The Times Wednesday, 31 May 1967; pg. 12; Issue 56955; col E
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ Details of incumbency
  4. ^ "The Pictorial History of St. Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh" Poskett,R: London, Pitkin,1967
  5. ^ Church News Bishop Of Penrith To Resign The Times Monday, 27 Jul 1970; pg. 8; Issue 57928; col F
  6. ^ He edited the journals of his wife’s grandfather, the Scottish explorer John Kirk: "The Zambesi Journal of Dr John Kirk"(Edinburgh, Oliver & Boyd, 1962); "Zambesi Doctors-correspondence of Dr David Livingstone and Dr John Kirk"(Edinburgh, University Press, 1964)- British Library catalogue accessed Monday 11 August 2008 21:30
Religious titles
Preceded by
Hector Bransby Gooderham
Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh
1957 – 1967
Succeeded by
Patrick Campbell Rodger
Preceded by
Cyril Bulley
Bishop of Penrith
1967 – 1970
Succeeded by
William Edward Augustus Pugh