Charles Smythies

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Portrait of Smythies by Clara Reynolds

Charles Alan Smythies (6 August 1844 – 7 May 1894) was an English colonial bishop[1] in the 19th century.[2]

Smythies was born in Colchester,[3] educated at Trinity College, Cambridge,[4] and ordained in 1869. His first post was a curacy in Great Marlow after which he was Vicar of Roath in Cardiff.

He was the fourth Bishop of the Universities' Mission to Central Africa, and was consecrated on 30 November 1883, serving as Bishop of Nyasaland until 1892 and then of Zanzibar until his death.[5]


  1. "Trinity College, University of Cambridge". BBC Your Paintings.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  3. Genealogical web-site
  4. "Smythies, Charles Allan (or Alan (SMTS863CA)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. The Times, Friday 11 May 1894; pg. 10; Issue 34261; col A Obituary: Bishop Smythies

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