Wale Hicks

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The Right Reverend John Wale Hicks, FRCP, DD was an Anglican Bishop,[1] educationalist and author in the second half of the nineteenth century.[2] He was identified with the Anglo-Catholic school of Anglicanism.


He was born in 1840 and studied at the University of London[3] and at St Thomas's Hospital[4] before entering Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge in 1866.[5] Ordained in 1871,[6] his first post was a curacy at Little St Mary’s, Cambridge.[7] A multi-disciplinary scientist, he was elected a Fellow of Sidney Sussex in 1874,[8] where he published "books on both doctrine and inorganic chemistry".[9] He was later elected Dean of Sidney Sussex and in 1892 chosen to succeed George Wyndham Knight-Bruce as Bishop of Bloemfontein,[10][11] a post he held until his death on 12 October 1899.[12][13] There is a memorial window to him in Clawton parish church.[14]


  • A Text-Book of Inorganic Chemistry, 1877
  • The Christian Doctrine of the Godhead, 1886
  • The Doctrine of Absolution, 1889
  • The Fall and Restoration of Man, 1893

External links


  1. Rev Patrick Comerford
  2. “Who was Who” 1897–2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. University Intelligence. University of London The Times Thursday, Aug 21, 1862; pg. 9; Issue 24330; col D
  4. Royal College Of Physicians Of London The Times Saturday, Dec 23, 1865; pg. 11; Issue 25376; col G
  5. "Hicks, John Wale (HKS866JW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  7. Church web-site
  8. RSC Biography
  9. College Web-site
  10. Ecclesiastical Intelligence The Times Friday, Nov 13, 1891; pg. 7; Issue 33481; col C
  11. Chronological History of the Diocese of the Free State
  12. Wits Historical Papers
  13. Obituary. The Bishop Of Bloemfontein The Times Saturday, Oct 14, 1899; pg. 11; Issue 35960; col F
  14. Genuki (Devon)
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Preceded by
George Wyndham Knight-Bruce
Bishop of Bloemfontein
Succeeded by
Arthur Chandler