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George Wilkinson (bishop)

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The Most Reverend

George Wilkinson
Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Bp George Howard Wilkinson NPG.jpg
ChurchScottish Episcopal Church
DioceseSt Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane
In office1893-1907 (Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane)
1904-1907 (Primus)
PredecessorCharles Wordsworth
SuccessorCharles Edward Plumb
Consecration25 April 1883
by Edward White Benson
Personal details
Born(1833-05-01)1 May 1833
Durham, England
Died11 December 1907(1907-12-11) (aged 74)
Edinburgh, Scotland
BuriedBrompton cemetery
ParentsGeorge Wilkinson & Mary Howard
SpouseCaroline Charlotte
Alma materOriel College, Oxford

George Howard Wilkinson, DD (1 May 1833 – 11 December 1907) was Bishop of Truro 1883-1891 and then of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane 1893-1907.[1] He was Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church from 1904,[2] until his death.

"Truro"Bishop Wilkinson as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, December 1885
Bishop Wilkinson as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, December 1885

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Wilkinson was born on 1 May 1833 and educated at Durham School and Oriel College, Oxford.[3] He embarked on an ecclesiastical career with a curacy at Kensington after which he held incumbencies at Seaham Harbour, Auckland, Soho and Eaton Square, a parish in a wealthy part of London,[4] before elevation to the Episcopate in 1883.[5][6]

The founder of the Community of the Epiphany (1883),[7] he died on 11 December 1907.[8]


Wilkinson married, on 14 July 1857, Caroline Charlotte Des Vœux, daughter of lieutenant-colonel Benfield Des Vœux, fourth son of Sir Charles Des Vœux, 1st Baronet; she died on 6 September 1877. They had three sons and five daughters,[9] including Reverend G. G. Wilkinson, and eldest daughter Constance Charlotte Mary Wilkinson, who married in 1902 Reverend Arthur Edward Davies, Chaplain to her father.[10]


  1. ^ "New Bishop of St Andrews" The Times, Friday, 28 April 1893; p. 8; Issue 33937; col D
  2. ^ Dundee Courier, Friday 1 July 1904 p9: "New Primus for Scotland, elevation of Bishop Wilkinson - the distinguished prelate's career"
  3. ^ Who was Who 1897–1990. London: A. & C. Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  5. ^ "Consecration of the Bishop of Truro", The Times Wednesday, 16 May 1883; p. 6; Issue 30821; col F
  6. ^ Aberdeen Press and Journal, Thursday 12 December 1907 p4: "Sudden death of the Primus" Obituary
  7. ^ Article by Richard Savill "Last surviving nun of 127 year old order" (p.7) Daily Telegraph Tuesday 4 November 2008
  8. ^ "Death of the Bishop of St. Andrews". The Times Thursday, 12 December 1907; p. 4; Issue 38514; col C
  9. ^
     This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBuckland, Augustus Robert (1912). "Wilkinson, George Howard". Dictionary of National Biography (2nd supplement). London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  10. ^ "Marriages". The Times (36808). London. 1 July 1902. p. 1.
Religious titles
Preceded by
Edward White Benson
Bishop of Truro
1883 –1891
Succeeded by
John Gott
Preceded by
Charles Wordsworth
Bishop of St Andrews, Dunkeld and Dunblane
Succeeded by
Charles Edward Plumb
Preceded by
James Butler Knill Kelly
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Succeeded by
Walter John Forbes Robberds

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