William Selwyn (bishop)

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William Marshall Selwyn (15 February 1879 – 29 September 1951) was an Anglican suffragan bishop in the 20th century.[1][2]

Selwyn was born into an ecclesiastical family, the second son of the Reverend Sydney Augustus Selwyn, of Boscombe vicarage, Bournemouth, and Ellen Blake. He was educated at Haileybury and Emmanuel College, Cambridge,[3] before beginning his ordained ministry as a curate at All Saints' South Lambeth.[4] Following this he was chaplain to the London Irish Rifles then of the British Embassy Church, Paris. Incumbencies as vicar at Holy Trinity, Bournemouth and Brompton, London[5] followed before becoming the Archdeacon of Bath.[6] He was also Rector of St Anne and St Agnes, Gresham Street[2] In 1947 he was ordained to the episcopate as the second Bishop of Fulham,[7] a post he was to hold for only two years.[8] He died on 29 September 1951.[9]


  1. ^ Time Magazine Article
  2. ^ a b Who was Who 1897–1990: London A & C Black 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ "Selwyn. William Marshall (SLWN898WM)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  4. ^ Lost churches in the Diocese of Southwark
  5. ^ Worship details
  6. ^ Records within the National Archives
  7. ^ The Times, 16 December 1946; pg. 4; Issue 50635; col C, New Bishop Of Fulham
  8. ^ Bishop Of Fulham Resigns, The Times, 28 July 1949; pg. 4; Issue 51445; col F
  9. ^ Obituary – Bishop William Selwyn, The Times, 1 October 1951; pg. 6; Issue 52120; col E
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Basil Staunton Batty
Bishop of Fulham
Succeeded by
George Ernest Ingle