Russell Darbyshire

John Russell Darbyshire (1880 – 30 June 1948) was an Anglican priest[1] in the first half of the 20th century.[2]

He was born in Birkenhead in Cheshire in 1880, the son of Edward and Matilda Darbyshire,[3] and educated at Dulwich College and Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[4]

Ordained in 1905,[5] his first post was as a Curate at St Andrew the Less, Cambridge[6] after which he was Vice-Principal of Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Later he was Vicar of St Luke, Liverpool then a Canon Residentiary at Manchester Cathedral. From 1922 to 1931[7] he was Archdeacon of Sheffield, his last post before elevation to the Episcopate as Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway[8]- a post he held until 1938. In that year he was appointed Archbishop of Cape Town.[9]

He was created a Sub-Prelate of the Order of St John of Jerusalem in 1938.[10]

He visited England to attend the Lambeth Conference in 1948, and died in London on 30 June 1948.[11]

He never married.

A set of iron gates were erected in his memory at St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town.[12]


  1. National Archives
  2. “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  3. National Archives, 1901 England Census, reference RG 13/650
  4. "Darbyshire, John Russell (DRBR899JR)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  5. Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  6. Genuki
  7. Honorary graduates of Sheffield University
  8. List of the Bishops of Glasgow
  9. The Times, Saturday, Oct 01, 1938; pg. 11; Issue 48114; col E Archbishop of Cape Town enthroned
  10. London Gazette
  11. Obituary Archbishop Of Cape Town The Times Thursday, Jul 01, 1948; pg. 6; Issue 51112; col C
  12. Cathedral web site
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Charles Lisle Carre
Archdeacon of Sheffield
Succeeded by
Alfred Charles Eustace Jarvis
Scottish Episcopal Church titles
Preceded by
Edward Thomas Scott Reid
Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway
1931 1938
Succeeded by
John Charles Halland How
Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
Francis Robinson Phelps
Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town
1938 1948
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Hare Clayton

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