Weston Stewart

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Weston Henry Stewart

The Right Reverend Weston Henry Stewart MA (15 March 1887 – 30 July 1969) was the Anglican Archdeacon for Palestine, Syria and Trans-Jordan between 1926 and 1943. From 1943 to 1957 he was the Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem.[1]

Stewart was born in 1887 in Bakewell in Derbyshire, the sixth child of Lucy Penelope (née Nesfield) (1850–1939) and the Rev. Ravenscroft Stewart (1845-1921). In 1916 he was appointed Incumbent of Chelsea Old Church.[2] In 1932 he married Margaret A. Clapham at Cambridge. In 1933 Stewart suggested acquiring land together with the British Mandate government for a new municipal cemetery on Mount Scopus next to the British Jerusalem War Cemetery, allowing each different Christian congregation to use a specific section for its burials.[3] From 1938 to 1943 he was the Honorary Chaplain to the Palestine Police Force.

In 1943 he was appointed the seventh Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem[4] and Dean of the Collegiate Church of St George the Martyr in Jerusalem following the sudden death of Francis Graham Brown in a car accident in November 1942.[5] Because of World War II he found it difficult to travel to London for his consecration, which was held on 8 November 1943.[6] He laid the cornerstone of the Church of the Redeemer, Amman in 1949. In 1952, assisted by the former diplomat Stewart Perowne, he was involved in designing and organising model villages for Palestinian Arabs who had been made refugees as a result of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War. On 16 November 1956 Stewart consecrated and dedicated the newly built St Paul's Anglican Church in Kuwait.[7]

Stewart died in 1969 at Exton near Oakham, Rutland in England.

Publications[edit]

  • Stewart, Weston Henry 'Chelsea Old Church', J. B. Sears & Sons, London (1926)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stewart on Palestine: Information with Provenance
  2. ^ 'Rectors and Incumbents of the Old Church - British history Online
  3. ^ Ernst Rhein in a letter of 23 May 1933 to the Board of Trustees of the Evangelical Jerusalem's Foundation
  4. ^ Website of The Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem
  5. ^ Collegiate Church of St. George the Martyr (Jerusalem), 'Order of Service for the Enthronement of Weston Henry Stewart as Bishop of the Church of England in Jerusalem and His Installation as Dean of the Collegiate Church - November 8th, 1943' Beyt-ul-Makdes Press (1943)
  6. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives - Collection held at Lambeth Palace Library and the Church of England Record Centre
  7. ^ Website of St Paul's Anglican Church in Kuwait

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Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Francis Graham Brown
Bishop of Jerusalem
1943 – 1957
Succeeded by
Angus Campbell MacInnes