Edmund Pearce

Dr Pearce (1870–1935) Bishop of Derby by Ernest Townsend[1]

The Rt. Rev. Edmund Courtenay Pearce was the inaugural Bishop of Derby[2] from 1927[3] until his death in 1935.[4] His brother Ernest was the Bishop of Worcester from 1919 to 1930.[5]

Born on 17 December 1870 and educated at Christ’s Hospital [6] and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge,[7][8] he was ordained in 1899.[9] His career began with a curacy at St James, Muswell Hill.[10] He was then Vicar of St Benedict, Cambridge,[11] Dean then Master of his old college and finally (before his elevation to the Episcopate) Vice-Chancellor of the University. He died while taking a confirmation service near Glossop.[12]


  1. Bishop Pearce, Ernest Townsend, BBC, retrieved 14 July 2014
  2. Diocesan details
  3. Bishop Of Derby. The Master Of Corpus Appointed. The Times Wednesday, Aug 10, 1927; pg. 10; Issue 44656; col C
  4. The Times, Monday, Oct 14, 1935; pg. 20; Issue 47194; col A The Bishop Of Derby Administrative Gifts
  5. Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  6. “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  7. The Times, Friday, Jan 17, 1896; pg. 6; Issue 34789; col A University Intelligence. Cambridge, Jan. 16.
  8. "Pearce, Edmund Courtenay (PR889EC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  9. "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  10. Church web-site (1)
  11. Church web-site (2)
  12. Bygone Derbyshire
Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Townley Caldwell
Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
William Spens
Preceded by
Peter Giles
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
Albert Charles Seward
Church of England titles
New diocese Bishop of Derby
Succeeded by
Alfred Rawlinson

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