Christopher Lipscomb

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The Rt Rev Christopher Lipscomb,[1] DD[2] was the inaugural[3] Anglican [4] Bishop of Jamaica.[5] Lipscomb was the son of Rev. William Lipscomb, rector of Welbury and brother of Rev. Francis Lipscomb,[6] the latter of whom died from a dog bite.[7] Christopher was baptized on 20 November 1781 at Staindrop, County Durham.[8] He was educated at New College, Oxford, where he took his MA on June 28, 1811 and was elected Fellow.[9] Lipscombe was ordained in 1816. He was appointed vicar of Sutton Benger, Wiltshire on October 2, 1818 [10] and remained there until his elevation to the Episcopate. Lipscombe was consecrated bishop at Lambeth Palace on July 24, 1824,[11] the same year he obtained his doctorate of divinity from the University of Oxford.[12]

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Bishop Christopher Lipscomb

The see of Jamaica was erected by letters patent of George IV, and Lipscombe appointed its first bishop, on July 24, 1824.[13] His initial salary was four thousand pounds per annum. The bishop arrived on Jamaica on February 11, 1825 and was enthroned as bishop on February 15.[14] Lipscombe was the author of Church Societies, a Blessing to the Colonies: A Sermon"[15] He resigned his See in 1842 and died on 4 April 1843.[16]

Bishop Lipscomb was married to Mary Harriet, who died at Brighton on February 14, 1860.[17]

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Jamaica
1824 – 1842
Succeeded by
Aubrey George Spencer


Christopher Lipscomb A Sermon [on Matt. x. 16] preached in the Parish Church of Chippenham, at the Triennial Visitation holden by the Bishop of Sarum (Chippenham, s.n., 1820).

Christopher Lipscomb A Sermon, preached in the parish church of Sutton-Benger, on Sunday, March the 18th, 1821, being the day after the execution of Edward Buckland, for the murder of Judith Pearce. (Chippenham: J. M. Coombs, 1821).

Christopher Lipscomb A charge delivered to the candidates for Holy Orders: at the Cathedral Church, in Spanish-Town, Jamaica, on Saturday, the 9th of April, 1825, being the day before the primary ordination in that diocese. (St. Jago de la Vega: Jamaica District Committee of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1825).

Christopher Lipscomb Church Societies, a Blessing to the Colonies: A Sermon Preached at the Parish Church of St. Michael-Le-Belfry, York (London: J., G., F. & J. Rivington, 1840). (The correct spelling of the parish name is St Michael le Belfrey, York)


  1. Some sources Lipscombe
  2. [OXFORD UNIVERSITY, APRIL 17 The Bury and Norwich Post: Or, Suffolk and Norfolk Telegraph, Essex, Cambridge, & Ely Intelligencer (Bury Saint Edmunds, England), Wednesday, April 21, 1824; Issue 2182]
  3. Anglican History
  4. Belize Anglican
  5. The Times, Monday, Nov 29, 1824; pg. 2; Issue 12510; col E Ecclesiastical Intelligence
  6. Sylvanus Urban (ed.) The Gentleman's Magazine Volume XX New Series July–December (London: William Pickering, John Bowyer Nichols and Son, 1843) page 201-202
  7. Harry Curteis Lipscombe History of Staindrop Church and Monuments (London: Simpkin, Marshall, & Co., 1888) p. 93
  8. Gordon Goodwin, ‘Lipscomb, William (1754–1842)’, rev. Rebecca Mills, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 accessed 11 Nov 2013
  9. Gentleman's Magazine 1843 page 202
  10. The Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany: A New Series of the Scots Magazine July - December 1818 p. 381.
  11. J.B. Ellis The Diocese of Jamaica: A Short Account of its History, Growth, and Organisation (London: SPCK, 1913), page 60.
  12. 'The Gentleman's Magazine Volume 94, Part 1, page 367 (1824)
  13. Laws of Jamaica Passed in the Year 1875 (Kingston: Robert Osborn, 1875) page 115
  14. Thomas Farrar 'The Church of England in Jamaica' West Indian Quarterly 1885-86 (Demerara: Guyana: J. Thomson p. 99
  15. Gentleman's Magazine' 1843 p. 202
  16. Anglican Diocese of Jamaica
  17. Edmund Burke (ed.) Annual Register, or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1860, Volume 112 (London: J. and F.H. Rivington, 1861) page 456