Frederick Courtney

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Frederick Courtney

The Rt Rev Frederick Courtney (1837 – 1918) was an eminent Anglican priest, the fifth Bishop of Nova Scotia.[1]
Born into an ecclesiastical family,[2] he was educated at King's College London and ordained in 1864.[3] His first post was a curacy at Hadlow, Kent after which he was the incumbent of Charles’s Chapel, Plymouth until 1870 and then St Jude’s, Glasgow until 1876 when he emigrated to North America. He was an Assistant at St Thomas’s, New York until 1880 then Rector of St James’s, Chicago. His last post before elevation to the Episcopate[4] was at St Paul’s, Boston.

After he retired as Bishop of Nova Scotia in 1904, he returned to New York to serve as Rector of St. James' Church on Madison Avenue, a position from which he retired in 1915. He died in New York on 29 December 1918.[5]


  1. The Times, Thursday, Feb 02, 1888; pg. 5; Issue 32298; col F New Bishop of Nova Scotia
  2. His father was the Rev S. Courtney of Charles Chapel, Plymouth > “Who was Who”1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  4. Anglican Bishops of Canada
  5. NY Times
Religious titles
Preceded by
Hibbert Binney
Bishop of Nova Scotia
1888 – 1904
Succeeded by
Clarendon Lamb Worrell