William Austin (bishop)

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William Piercy Austin (7 November 1807 – 9 November 1892)[1] was the inaugural and long serving[2] Bishop of Guyana from 1842 until his death.[3] Educated at Exeter College, Oxford[4] and ordained in 1831 he was in rapid succession Curate, Vicar and Rural Dean of Georgetown, Guyana, then Archdeacon and Bishop.[5] He was consecrated as first Bishop of Guyana on 24 August 1842. In the words of the youthful Queen Victoria, he was "the youngest and handsomest of my Bishops."

In 1884, he was appointed Primate of the West Indies and in 1891, Prelate of the Order of St Michael and St George.[6]


  1. ^ DOB/DOD
  2. ^ The Times, Monday, 15 Aug 1892; pg. 6; Issue 33717; col D An Episcopal Jubilee.
  3. ^ And, until 1884, Dean of St George's Cathedral,Georgetown
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  5. ^ Diocesan History
  6. ^ The Times, Saturday, 19 Dec 1891; pg. 9; Issue 33512; col E Court Circular
Church of England titles
New title Deans of St George's Cathedral, Georgetown
Succeeded by
Francis Austin
Bishop of Guyana
Succeeded by
Proctor Swaby
Primate of the West Indies
Succeeded by
Enos Nuttall