William Kerr (bishop)

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William Shaw Kerr was an Irish Anglican bishop, the first Bishop of Down and Dromore in the Church of Ireland.[1]

Kerr was born in 1873 and educated at Trinity College, Dublin [2] and ordained in 1897, his first post was a curacy at Lurgan.[3] He was then Rector of Banbridge, Archdeacon of Dromore and finally (before his ordination to the episcopate) Dean of Belfast. He was elected Bishop of Down and Dromore on 9 December 1944 and consecrated on 25 January 1945. He resigned on 31 July 1955 and died on 2 February 1960.[4]


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  1. ^ “A New History of Ireland”Moody,T.W; Martin,F.X; Byrne,F.J;Cosgrove,A: Oxford, OUP, 1976 ISBN 0-19-821745-5
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  4. ^ The Times, Thursday, Feb 04, 1960; pg. 16; Issue 54686; col A Rt. Rev. W. S. Kerr First Bishop Of Down And Dromore
Church of Ireland titles
Preceded by
Henry Robert Brett
Dean of Belfast
1927 –1945
Succeeded by
Robert Cyril Hamilton Glover Elliott
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Down and Dromore
1945 –1955
Succeeded by
Frederick Julian Mitchell