Robert Kestell-Cornish

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Robert Kestell-Cornish (1824-7 March 1909) was the first Bishop of Madagascar.[1] from 1874 to 1896[2]

He was born in 1824 and educated at Winchester and Corpus Christi College, Oxford and ordained in 1847.[3] He began his career with a curacy at St Mary Fittleworth[4] and later was Vicar of Landkey before his elevation to the Colonial Episcopate.[5] On his return to England he was Rector of Down St Mary.

The first Anglican cathedral in Antananarivo, Saint Lawrence's (in French Saint Laurent), was built during his time in 1883 on the hill of Ambohimanoro. He died on 7 March 1909.[6]


  1. ^ National Archives
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  3. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  4. ^ Photo of church
  5. ^ Anglican Mission
  6. ^ The Times March 09 1909 pg 13 Issue 38902 col D Obituary Bishop Kestell-Cornish

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Madagascar
1874 – 1896
Succeeded by
George Lanchester King