Roy Williamson (bishop)

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Roy Williamson
Bishop of Southwark
Diocese Diocese of Southwark
In office 1991–1998
Predecessor Ronald Bowlby
Successor Tom Butler
Other posts Bishop of Bradford
Archdeacon of Nottingham
Consecration c. 1984
Personal details
Born (1932-12-18) 18 December 1932 (age 85)
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater Kingston Polytechnic

Robert Kerr "Roy" Williamson (born 18 December 1932)[1] was the seventh Bishop of Bradford [2] from 1984 until 1991, who was then translated to Southwark where he served until his retirement seven years later.

Williamson was educated at Kingston Polytechnic and Oak Hill Theological College, his first post after ordination was as a curate at Crowborough Parish Church.[3] He then held incumbencies at St Paul, Hyson Green, Nottingham[4] and St Ann with Emmanuel, in the same city before being appointed Archdeacon of Nottingham in 1978, his last post before elevation to the Episcopate.[5]

On 11 February 2017, Williamson was one of fourteen retired bishops to sign an open letter to the then-serving bishops of the Church of England. In an unprecedented move, they expressed their opposition to the House of Bishops' report to General Synod on sexuality, which recommended no change to the Church's canons or practises around sexuality.[6] By 13 February, a serving bishop (Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham) and nine further retired bishops had added their signatures;[7] on 15 February, the report was rejected by synod.[8]


  1. ^ Who's Who 1992 “(London, A & C Black ISBN 0-7136-3514-2)
  2. ^ ”Debrett's People of Today 1992” (London, Debrett's) ISBN 1-870520-09-2)
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  4. ^ Church web site
  5. ^ The Times, Thursday, Dec 15, 1983; pg. 14; Issue 61713; col B Archdeacon to be Bishop of Bradford
  6. ^ Retired Bishops' Letter — The Letter Archived 2017-02-12 at the Wayback Machine. (Accessed 11 February 2017; the fourteen bishops were David Atkinson, Michael Doe, Tim Ellis, David Gillett, John Gladwin, Laurie Green, Richard Harries, Stephen Lowe, Stephen Platten, John Pritchard, Peter Selby, Tim Stevens, Martin Wharton, and Williamson.)
  7. ^ Retired Bishops' Letter — New Signatures Archived 2017-02-18 at the Wayback Machine. (Accessed 17 February 2017; the nine bishops were Gordon Bates, Ian Brackley, John Davies, Peter Maurice, David Rossdale, John Saxbee, Martin Shaw, Oliver Simon, and David Stancliffe.
  8. ^ The Grauniad — Church of England in turmoil as synod rejects report on same-sex relationships (Accessed 17 February 2017)