Robert Holtby

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Robert Tinsley Holtby FSA was an [1] Anglican priest[2] and author[3] in the second half of the 20th century.

Born in Thornton-le-Dale[4] on 25 February 1921[5] and educated at Scarborough College and St Edmund Hall, Oxford, he was ordained after a period of study at Ripon College Cuddesdon in 1947.[6] In that year he married Mary, the elder daughter of Eric Graham, the Bishop of Brechin:[7] they had three children. He was Curate of Pocklington until 1948 when he became a Chaplain to the Forces. Following this he was Chaplain and an Assistant Master at Malvern College[4] then St Edward's School, Oxford. From 1959 to 1967 he was a Canon Residentiary at Carlisle Cathedral and a Director of Education, Diocese of Carlisle. For the next decade he was General Secretary of the National Society for Promoting Religious Education. During the same period, he was a member of the Schools Committee, Church of England Board of Education, serving as Secretary (1967–74) and then General Secretary (1974–77). He was Dean of Chichester[8] from 1977 until his retirement in 1989. He died on 13 March 2003.[9]


  1. ^ Cudlipp Collection, Cardiff University
  2. ^ National Archives
  3. ^ Amongst others he wrote “Daniel Waterland, A Study in 18th Century Orthodoxy”, 1966; “Carlisle Cathedral Library and Records Office”, 1966; “Eric Graham, 1888–1964”, 1967; “Carlisle Cathedral”, 1969; “Chichester Cathedral”, 1980; “Robert Wright Stopford”, 1988; “Bishop William Otter”, 1989; “Eric Milner-White”, 1991; and “The Minster School, York”, 1994 > British Library web site accessed 5 December 2009
  4. ^ a b Obituary of the Very Rev Robert Tinsley Holtby. The Independent. 9 April 2003.
  5. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  6. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  7. ^ The Times, Monday, 24 November 1947; pg. 7; Issue 50926; col B Marriages
  8. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  9. ^ Telegraph Obituary
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Walter Atherton Hussey
Dean of Chichester
1977 – 1989
Succeeded by
John David Treadgold

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