Robert Cornthwaite (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
Robert Cornthwaite
Bishop of Leeds
Bishop Robert Cornthwaite
Diocese Diocese of Leeds
Appointed 20 December 1878
Term ended 16 June 1890
Successor William Gordon
Ordination 9 November 1845
Consecration 10 November 1861
by Nicholas Wiseman
Personal details
Born 9 May 1818
Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Died 16 June 1890 (aged 72)
Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Buried The Church of Mary Immaculate, Sicklinghall
Nationality English
Denomination Roman Catholic
Parents William Cornthwaite and Elizabeth Cornthwaite (née Cuerden)
Previous post Bishop of Beverley
Alma mater

Robert Cornthwaite (9 May 1818 – 16 June 1890) was an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was last Bishop of Beverley and the first Bishop of Leeds.[1]

Early life and ministry[edit]

Robert Cornthwaite was born in Preston, Lancashire,[1] the son of William and Elizabeth (née Cuerden) Cornthwaite.[2] He entered St Cuthbert's College, Ushaw on 9 May 1830, and received the Tonsure and the four minor orders from Bishop Francis George Mostyn on 5 June 1841. During his last year at Ushaw, Cornthwaite taught Humanities.[2]

He entered the English College, Rome on 30 September 1842, and took the oath there on 2 July 1842.[2] He was ordained a subdeacon in December 1843, a deacon on 3 March 1844, and a priest on 9 November 1845.[1][3] After leaving the English College on 13 April 1846, he joined the mission at Carlisle.[4] He returned to Rome on his appointment as the Rector of the English College, Rome on 25 August 1851, remaining in that post until resigned in September 1857.[4] On his return to England, he became the Missionary Rector of St Augustine's, Darlington and Secretary to William Hogarth, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.[4] He was appointed Cameriere d'onore extra Urbem (Honorary Prelate) to His Holiness on 16 July 1858, and made Canon and Theologian of the Chapter of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.[4]

Episcopal career[edit]

Cornthwaite was appointed the bishop of the Diocese of Beverley on 3 September 1861.[1] His consecration to the Episcopate took place on 10 November 1861, the principal consecrator was Cardinal Nicholas Wiseman, Archbishop of Westminster, with Thomas Grant, Bishop of Southwark, and Richard Roskell, Bishop of Nottingham serving as co-consecrators.[1]

On the 20 December 1878, the Diocese of Beverley was suppressed and it was replaced by the dioceses of Leeds and Middlesbrough.[5][6] Cornthwaite continued to serve as the Bishop of Leeds until his death on 16 June 1890, aged 72.[1] He is buried at the Church of Mary Immaculate, Sicklinghall.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Bishop Robert Cornthwaite". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, p. 398.
  3. ^ Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, pp. 398–399.
  4. ^ a b c d Brady 1876, The Episcopal Succession, volume 3, p. 399.
  5. ^ "Diocese of Leeds". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Diocese of Middlesbrough". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  7. ^ "Previous Bishops". The Diocese of Leeds. Archived from the original on 17 August 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Briggs
Bishop of Beverley
Last appointment
New title Bishop of Leeds
Succeeded by
William Gordon