Walter Trower

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The Right Reverend

Walter John Trower
Bishop of Gibraltar
Walter John Trower.jpg
ChurchChurch of England
PredecessorGeorge Tomlinson
SuccessorCharles Harris
Personal details
Bornc. 1804
Died24 October 1877
SpouseElizabeth Goring

Rt Rev Dr Walter John Trower DD FRSE (1804–1877) was an Anglican bishop in the second half of the 19th century.[1][2]


He was born on 5 April 1804 in Hanover Square in London the son of John Trower. Around 1819/20 the family moved to Muntham Court at Findon, West Sussex. He studied Divinity at Oxford University graduating BA in 1828 MA in 1829.

In 1829 he became Deacon of Chichester, from 1830 to 1832 was Curate at Crowpredy and from 1832 was briefly a priest at Winchester before going to Petersfield and in 1834 going to Milland in Sussex. In 1839 he became Rector of Wiston in Sussex.[3]

Trower was Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway[4] from 1848 to 1859[5] and, after a short period as Sub-Dean of Exeter Cathedral.[6]

He was the Bishop of Gibraltar from 1863 to 1868.[7] He lived at the Bishop's Palace in Valletta on the island of Malta.[8]

He died aged 73 on 24 October 1877.[9] A noted artist[10] and author, two of his books have been republished in recent years.[11]


In 1829 he was married to his childhood sweetheart Elizabeth Goring of Wiston House (1799-1876).[12] They had three daughters: Jane, Frances and Mary.[13]


  • Exposition of the Gospels and Epistles (1840)
  • Similitudes of Holy Scripture (1848)

Known Art Works[edit]

  • General View of the Alhambra (1865)[14]


  1. ^
  2. ^ National Archives
  3. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.
  4. ^ "Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000" Bertie, D.M: Edinburgh T & T Clark ISBN 0-567-08746-8
  5. ^ St Mary's Heritage Project
  6. ^ Perth Cathedral website
  7. ^ Consecration details Project Canterbury
  8. ^
  9. ^ Births, Deaths, Marriages and Obituaries Daily News (London, England), Monday, 29 October 1877; Issue 9835
  10. ^ Tate Collections
  11. ^ "Short Comments for Use in Family Worship, on Seventy-five Passages" ISBN 978-1-103-61427-1) and "Similitudes Used In Holy Scripture" ISBN 978-1-4370-4164-4
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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Michael Russell
Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway
1848 – 1859
Succeeded by
William Scot Wilson
Preceded by
George Tomlinson
Bishop of Gibraltar
1863 – 1868
Succeeded by
Charles Amyand Harris