William Baker (bishop of Zanzibar)

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William Scott Baker[1] (22 June 1902 - 30 November 1990) was an Anglican bishop in the Diocese of Zanzibar and its successors.

Early years[edit]

Baker was born into an ecclesiastical family. His father was the Revd Canon William Wing Carew Baker, sometime Vicar of Southill, Bedfordshire.[2] Baker was educated at Aldenham School and King's College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1927 after studying at Ripon College Cuddesdon.[3] He was chaplain of his old college and assistant curate of St Giles with St Peter’s Church, Cambridge, from 1925 to 1932. After this he was Vicar of St John the Baptist's, Newcastle on Tyne,[4] when he was ordained to the episcopate.[5]


Baker was enthroned as Bishop of Zanzibar in 1943.[6][7] In 1963, his diocese was renamed to become the Diocese of Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam,[8] and in 1965 it became the Diocese of Zanzibar and Tanga when the Diocese of Dar es Salaam was partitioned out under John Sepeku, the first African diocesian bishop in Tanzania. Baker continued in the diocese until 1968,[9][10] when he returned to the UK to serve as both Assistant Bishop of Liverpool and as lecturer at St Katharine's College, Liverpool. He retired from lecturing in 1975 and as assistant bishop in 1987.


He died on 30 November 1990.[11]


  1. ^ National Archives
  2. ^ "Baker, Rt. Rev William Scott", Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008, accessed 2 August 2012.
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1947-48 London, OUP, 1947
  4. ^ Church details
  5. ^ Mundus
  6. ^ Diocesan website
  7. ^ "Ecclesiastical News", The Times(London, England), 19 July 1943, p. 6.
  8. ^ "Who's Who in East Africa". Marco Surveys Ltd. 1965. p. 5. 
  9. ^ "Church News", The Times (London, England), 16 February 1968, p. 12.
  10. ^ "The Living Church". 151. August 8, 1965: 6. 
  11. ^ Who was who: A Companion to Who's Who, Containing the Biographies of Those who Died, Volume 8. 1981. p. 35. 
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Thomas Howard Birley
Bishop of Zanzibar
Succeeded by
as Bishop of Zanzibar
and Dar es Salaam
New title Bishop of Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam
Succeeded by
John Sepeku
as Bishop of Dar es Salaam
Succeeded by
as Bishop of Zanzibar and Tanga
Bishop of Zanzibar and Tanga
Succeeded by
Yohana Jumaa