William Gordon (bishop of Leeds)

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William Gordon
Bishop of Leeds
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Leeds
In office 16 June 1890 – 7 June 1911
Predecessor Robert Cornthwaite
Successor Joseph Cowgill
Personal details
Born (1831-09-24)24 September 1831
Thirsk, North Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Died 7 June 1911(1911-06-07)
Leeds, West Riding of Yoskhire, United Kingdom

William Gordon (24 September 1831 - 7 June 1911) was an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the second Bishop of Leeds.[1]

Life and ministry[edit]

William Gordon was born in village Thirsk in the North Riding of Yorkshire. He was ordained to the priesthood by John Briggs, Bishop of Beverley in 1856 at an age of 22.

He then served as assistant priest in the Diocese of Leeds. On 28 December 1889, Gordon was appointed as coadjutor Bishop of Leeds and titular Bishop of Arcadiopolis in Asia. He received his episcopal consecration on 24 February 1890, from Bernard O'Reilly, Bishop of Liverpool, with Richard Lacy, Bishop of Middlesbrough, and Thomas William Wilkinson, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, serving as co-consecrators.

On 16 June 1890, Gordon was appointed to be the 2nd Bishop of Leeds, where he succeeded Robert Cornthwaite who had died in office.

He served as a bishop for more than 20 years and died on 7 June 1911. Gordon is buried at the Catholic Cemetery in Leeds.


  1. ^ Dioceseofleeds retrieved 24 September 2010

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Preceded by
Robert Cornthwaite
Bishop of Leeds
Succeeded by
Joseph Cowgill