Wilfrid Hornby

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Wilfrid Bird Hornby was an Anglican colonial bishop at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th.[1]

Born on 25 February 1851[2] and educated at Marlborough and Brasenose College, Oxford[3] he was ordained in 1876.[4] In 1880 he went on the Oxford Mission to Calcutta,[5] returning in 1884. From 1885 to 1892 he was Vicar of St Columba’s, Southwick, Sunderland[6] when he was elevated to the Episcopate as Bishop of Nyasaland.[7] After only two years he returned to England where he was Rector of St Clement's Church, Norwich[8] then Vicar of Chollerton. In 1904 he was appointed Bishop of Nassau, a post he held until 1919. He died on 5 June 1935.[9]


  1. Project Canterbury
  2. IGI record
  3. Who was Who 1987–1990: London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  5. Mission history
  6. Photo of church
  7. The Times, Thursday, 22 Dec 1892; pg. 7; Issue 33828; col A Ecclesiastical Intelligence
  8. Church details
  9. Deaths The Times, Friday, 7 Jun 1935; pg. 1; Issue 47084; col A
Religious titles
Preceded by
Charles Alan Smythies
Bishop of Nyasaland
1892 –1894
Succeeded by
Chauncy Maples
Preceded by
Henry Norris Churton
Bishop of Nassau
1904 –1919
Succeeded by
Roscow George Shedden