William Swayne

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William Shuckburgh Swayne (1862–1941) was an Anglican bishop[1] and author[2] who served as Dean of Manchester[3] then Bishop of Lincoln[4] in the first half of the 20th century.

Born in 1862 he was educated at New College, Oxford[5] and ordained in 1886.[6] He began his ecclesiastical career with curacies at Lyndhurst and Stalbridge[7] and was then Diocesan Lecturer for Lichfield. After this he held incumbencies at St Matthew's, Walsall[8] and then St Peter’s, Cranley Gardens,[9] a post he held until his consecration to the Episcopate.[10] He died on 30 June 1941.[11]


  1. ^ National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  2. ^ Amongst others he wrote: “The Psalm of the Saints”, 1904; “The Beatitudes”, 1913; “St Paul and his Gospel”, 1915; “Personal Union with Christ”, 1917;and “Parsons Pleasure, 1934” > British Library Catalogue accessed 13 May 2009
  3. ^ National Archives
  4. ^ New Bishop Of Lincoln. Dean Swayne Appointed. The Times Monday, 10 November 1919; p. 14; Issue 42253; col F
  5. ^ University Intelligence. Oxford, Oct. 10. The Times Saturday, 11 October 1884; p. 9; Issue 31262; col F
  6. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  7. ^ Who was Who 1987-1990: London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  8. ^ Church web-site
  9. ^ Genuki
  10. ^ Diocese of Lincoln web-site
  11. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 2 July 1941; p. 2; Issue 48967; col G Obituary Dr W.S. Swayne
Church of England titles
Preceded by
James Edward Cowell Welldon
Dean of Manchester
Succeeded by
Hewlett Johnson
Preceded by
Edward Lee Hicks
Bishop of Lincoln
Succeeded by
Frederick Cyril Nugent Hicks