William Peel (bishop)

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William George Peel
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Born 1854
Died April 15, 1916(1916-04-15) (aged 62)
Title Right Reverend

The Rt Rev William George Peel, DD (1854 - 15 April 1916) was the Anglican Bishop of Mombassa in what is now Kenya.[1] He was accused of heresy in the Kikuyu controversy.[2]


He was born in 1854, educated at Blackheath Proprietary School,[3] and ordained in 1875. After a Curacy in Trowbridge he went out as a missionary to India where he rose to be Principal of Noble College Masulipatam. Elevation to the Episcopate as the third Bishop of Mombasa came in 1899.[4] He died in post on 15 April 1916.[2][5][6]


  1. ^ “Mombasa Cathedral and the CMS Compound”: History in Africa – Volume 35, 2008, pp. 209–229 ISSN 0361-5413
  2. ^ a b "Rt. Rev. Wm. G. Peel Dies. Bishop of Mombasa Figured in Famous Kikuyu Heresy Case.". New York Times. April 16, 1916. Retrieved 2010-07-04. The death is announced of the Right Rev. George Peel, Bishop of [Mombasa] Africa. ... in 1914 by the Bishop of Zanzibar against the Bishops of Uganda and Mombasa, ... 
  3. ^ "Who was Who" 1897–1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X.
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  5. ^ The Times, Monday, Apr 17, 1916; pg. 4; Issue 41143; col E Death Of the Bishop of Mombasa
  6. ^ "Bishop of Mombasa is Dead". The Argus. April 18, 1916. Retrieved 2010-07-04. The death is announced of Dr William Peel, Anglican Bishop of Mombasa since 1899 He was in his 82nd year. Dr Peel was one of the leading figures in the Kikuyu controversy in 1913–14. A conference of missionary societies at work in British East Africa, (including Anglicans, Methodists, and Presbyterians) was held at Kikuyu in June, 1913 Among those who attended it were two Anglican bishops, Dr Peel of Mombasa and Dr Willis of Uganda. 

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Henry Perrott Parker
Bishop of Mombasa
Succeeded by
Richard Stanley Heywood