William Holbech (bishop)

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The Rt Rev William Arthur Holbech (14 December 1850 – 7 March 1930) was an Anglican Bishop in the first half of the 20th century.[1]


Born on 14 December 1850 and educated at Eton and Brasenose College, Oxford,[2] he was ordained in 1874.[3] Following a curacy at St Mark’s, Lakenham[4] he emigrated to South Africa where he was a Mission Priest before promotion to be the Archdeacon of Kimberley and Rector of St Cyprian's Church (where he served through the Siege of Kimberley), then Dean of Bloemfontein.[5] In 1905 he became Bishop of St Helena,[6] a post he held until his death on 7 March 1930.


  1. ^ Diocese of St Helena
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897–2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  4. ^ Church photo
  5. ^ University of the Witwatersrand
  6. ^ The Times, Tuesday, 1 Aug 1905; pg. 8; Issue 37774; col B Ecclesiastical Intelligence
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
John Garraway Holmes
Bishop of St Helena
1903 –1929
Succeeded by
Charles Christopher Watts