Rennie Simpson

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The Ven. Rennie Simpson, LVO, MA (Lambeth) was Archdeacon of Macclesfield from 1978 to 1985.[1]

Born on 13 January 1920,[2] he was educated at Blackburn Technical College.[3] He was ordained after a period of study at Kelham Theological College in 1946 and began his career with a curacy in South Elmsall.[4] After this he was Succentor at Blackburn Cathedral and then Sacrist at St Paul’s Cathedral. He was Vicar of John Keble Church, Mill Hill[5] from 1958 to 1963. He was Precentor at Westminster Abbey[6] from 1963 to 1974 when he became a Canon Residentiary.

An Honorary Chaplain to the Queen,[7] he died on 9 January 1997; and his wife Margaret (née Hardy) on 10 November 2010.[8]


  1. ^ Church news. Resignations and retirements The Times (London, England), Thursday, Oct 17, 1985; pg. 14; Issue 62271
  2. ^ ‘Simpson, Ven. Rennie’, Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011 ; online edn, Nov 2011 accessed 16 July 2012
  3. ^ Rishton people
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1947-48 London: Oxford University Press, 1947
  5. ^ Church website
  6. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  7. ^ London Gazette
  8. ^ Telegraph on line
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Francis Harry House
Archdeacon of Macclesfield
Succeeded by
John Scott Gaisford