William MacPherson (priest)

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Memorial to William Stuart Macphearson in Lichfield Cathedral

The Very Reverend William Stuart Macpherson[1] was an eminent Anglican priest in the second half of the 20th century.

He was born on 30 September 1901 and educated at Sedbergh and Pembroke College, Cambridge.[2] Ordained in 1932 he began his career with a curacy at Richmond, Yorkshire[3] after which he was a Minor Canon at Ripon Cathedral. When World War II came he was a Chaplain in the RNVR. Later he was Rector then Archdeacon of Richmond. In 1954 he was appointed Dean of Lichfield,[4] a post he held for 15 years.[5] He died on 7 July 1978. One of his grandsons is TV presenter Michael Collie.


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897–1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  4. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  5. ^ Church News Dean Of Lichfield To Retire The Times Monday, 17 Feb 1969; pg. 10; Issue 57487; col A
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Frederic Athelwold Iremonger
Dean of Lichfield
Succeeded by
George Edward Holderness