Thomas Sprott (bishop)

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The Rt Rev Thomas Henry Sprott,[1] MA, DD, OBE[2] (26 September 1856 – 25 July 1942) was an eminent[3] Anglican priest in the first half of the 20th century.

Life[edit]

Born on 26 September 1856 at Dromore, County Down,[4] he was educated at Trinity College, Dublin[5] and ordained in 1879.[6] Following curacies at Holy Trinity, Kingston upon Hull[7] and St John the Evangelist, Waterloo Road,[8] he became Minister of St Barnabas’, Mount Eden, Auckland[9] in 1886.

From 1892 until 1911 Sprott was Vicar of St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Wellington[10] when he was elevated to the Episcopate as the 4th Bishop of Wellington, a post he held for 25 years.[11] Described as a “a profound divine who for years tried to fathom the deeps of modern reasoning",[12] he died on 25 July 1942.[13] His wife[14] Edith survived him and died in 1945, but his son (who was awarded the Military Cross in 1917)[15] died on active service with the Norfolk Regiment in March 1918.[16]

Legacy[edit]

Sprott House, a residential home for the elderly in Wellington, New Zealand, is named for him.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Photo of Sprott". Mp.natlib.govt.nz. 26 September 1928. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "Birthday honours". The Times 3 June 1919; pg. 18; Issue 42116; col B
  3. ^ "St Luke’s Wadestown". Slw.org.nz. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  4. ^ McCaul, John H. "DNZB". DNZB. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  5. ^ Who was Who 1987–1990: London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  6. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  7. ^ "Hull Holy Trinity parish records". Eastriding.gov.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  8. ^ United Kingdom. "Church details". London-se1.co.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  9. ^ "Brief details". Aucklandcity.govt.nz. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  10. ^ The Rev. Thomas Henry Sprott. "The Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Wellington Provincial District)". Nzetc.org. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Hull Times Index 1928–45" (PDF). Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  12. ^ "Past Papers NZ Truth". Paperspast.natlib.govt.nz. 11 July 1929. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Obituary The Rt Rev T.H. Sprott". The Times 27 July 1942; pg. 6; Issue 49298; col E
  14. ^ "Photo of spouse". Timeframes.natlib.govt.nz. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  15. ^ "Auckland Weekly News 1 November 1917". Freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com. 1 November 1917. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 
  16. ^ "Wakefield Family History Sharing". Wakefieldfhs.org.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2012. 

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Frederic Wallis
Bishop of Wellington
1911–1936
Succeeded by
Herbert St Barbe Holland