O'Ferrall was born in 1890 and educated at Charterhouse School and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1915 and was a curate at Chesterfield Parish Church after which he was an asstistant priest at St. George's Cathedral, Jerusalem and a housemaster at its adjacent school. He was a Universities' Mission to Central Africa missionary in Northern Rhodesia before his ordination to the episcopate. On his return to England he became an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Derby and was the rector of Walton-on-Trent and then the vicar of Repton as well as a teacher at the nearby Repton School. In 1947 he became Provost of Derby, a position he held until 1953. He then held two further incumbencies at Cranham, Gloucestershire and Hyde, Hampshire before retiring in 1958.
He died on 10 October 1973.
- NPG details
- "Bishop Of Madagascar. The Rev. R. S. M. O'Ferrall Appointed", The Times, 1 March 1926; pg. 14; Issue 44208; col F
- Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
- Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
- National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
- ”The Pilgrim’s Guide to Derby Cathedral” O’Ferrall, R.S.M: Gloucester, British Publishing Company, 1955
- Obituary Rt Rev R.S.M. O'Ferrall, The Times, 13 October 1973; pg. 16; Issue 58912; col F
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