Henry Bousfield

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The Rt Revd
Henry Bousfield
Bishop of Pretoria
Church Anglican
Province Southern Africa
Diocese Pretoria
Ordination 1856
by Bishop of Winchester
Consecration 1878
Personal details
Born (1832-03-27)March 27, 1832
Died February 10, 1902(1902-02-10) (aged 69)

The Rt Rev Henry Brougham Bousfield, DD, MA[1] (27 March 1832 – 10 February 1902) was a Colonial Anglican priest and the inaugural Bishop of Pretoria 1878-1902.[2][3]


Bousfield was born on 27 March 1832, the son of William Cheek Bousfield, a barrister. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.[4] Ordained in 1856,[5] his first post was as a curate at All Saints, Braishfield. From 1861 to 1870 he was Vicar of St Maurice Winchester, then Rural Dean of Andover from 1870 to 1878.[6][7]

He became the inaugural Bishop of Pretoria in 1878[8] holding the post until his death on 10 February 1902.[9][10] He was instrumental in promoting the Anglican church in what is today the Limpopo Province and the Anglican Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist.[according to whom?] At the urging of local congregants in Polokwane (then, Pietersburg) he sent Christ Church Polokwane their first rector, Rev A. Weinstein, in 1895.[citation needed] Christ Church Polokwane became a centre of mission work into the northern region of the Anglican Diocese of Pretoria.[according to whom?]



Bousfield married, in 1861, Charlotte Elizabeth Higginson, daughter of Jonathan Higginson, of Rock Ferry, Liverpool. She died in 1886, and he re-married, in 1888, Ellen Lamb, daughter of Thomas Lamb, of Andover.[9]


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  8. "Andover, Sept. 26". Hampshire Advertiser. 26 September 1877. p. 3 col E. Retrieved 2014-09-17 – via British Newspaper Archive.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 9.0 9.1 The Times, Tuesday, Feb 11, 1902; pg. 10; Issue 36688; col E Obituary - The Bishop Of Pretoria
  10. "Death of Bishop of Pretoria". Evening Telegraph. 12 February 1902. p. 4 col D. Retrieved 2014-09-17 – via British Newspaper Archive.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

Portraits of Henry Brougham Bousfield at the National Portrait Gallery, London

Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
New diocese Bishop of Pretoria
1878– 1902
Succeeded by
William Carter