Robert Billing

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Robert Claudius Billing was an Anglican Suffragan Bishop [1] from 1888 to 1898.[2] Born into a clerical family,[3] he was educated at Worcester College, Oxford and ordained in 1857 and began his career with a curacy at St Peter’s, Colchester followed by a period as Secretary of the Church Missionary Society. In 1863 he became Vicar of Louth.[4] After this he was Rural Dean of Spitalfields and then Suffragan Bishop. He died (technically) in post on 21 February 1898,[5] having ceased active work in 1895.[6] A memorial to him can be seen at St Paul’s Cathedral.[7]


  1. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  2. ^ ”Church History in Queen Victoria's Reign” Fowler,M: Whitefish Kessinger Publishing, 2005 ISBN 1-4179-7356-0
  3. ^ His father was the Rev R. Billing, sometime Vicar of Wye, Kent > “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  5. ^ Death Of The Bishop Of Bedford. The Times Tuesday, Feb 22, 1898; pg. 4; Issue 35446; col F
  6. ^ His duties being taken on by the Bishop of Stepney > Fowler (ibid)
  7. ^ "Memorials of St. Paul's Cathedral" Sinclair,W.M: London, Chapman and Hall,1909
Church of England titles
Preceded by
William Walsham How
Bishop of Bedford
1888 – 1898
Title next held by
James Lumsden Barkway