Robert Abbott (bishop)

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This article is about the bishop of Sherborne. For the bishop of Salisbury, see Robert Abbot (bishop).
For other people named Robert Abbott, see Robert Abbot.

Robert Crowther Abbott (1869–1927) was the inaugural Bishop of Sherborne.[1]

Robert Crowther Abbott was born into a clerical family: his father was the Rev. A. R. Abbott, sometime Vicar of Gorleston.[2] He was educated at Marlborough College and Trinity College, Cambridge.[3][4] After 15 years as an assistant master (and latterly Chaplain[5]) at his old school he was appointed Principal of Salisbury Theological College in 1907. After incumbencies at Great St Mary's with St Michael's, Cambridge,[6] Holy Trinity, Weymouth, Dorset[7] and St Mary the Virgin, Gillingham, Dorset[8] he was elevated to the Episcopate in 1925, but unfortunately ill health forced his resignation only two years later.[9]


  1. ^ Ecclesiastical News. First Suffragan Bishop Of Sherborne. (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times Saturday, Feb 28, 1925; pg. 15; Issue 43898; col D
  2. ^ ”Who was Who 1897-1990” London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ "Abbott, Robert Crowther (ABT888RC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ 'University Intelligence. Cambridge, April 5. (Official Appointments and Notices)', The Times, Saturday, Apr 06, 1889; pg. 13; Issue 32666; col C
  5. ^ He was ordained in 1904 Who was Who (ibid)
  6. ^ Church web-site (1
  7. ^ Church web-site (2)
  8. ^ Church web-site (3)
  9. ^ The Times, Saturday, Nov 26, 1927; pg. 10; Issue 44749; col E Bishop R. C. Abbott Obituary
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Sherborne
Succeeded by
Gerald Burton Allen