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Francis Phelps

The Most Revd
Francis Robinson Phelps
Archbishop of Cape Town
Church Anglican
Province Southern Africa
Ordination 1888
Personal details
Born (1863-09-19)September 19, 1863
Died June 27, 1938(1938-06-27) (aged 74)

The Most Revd Francis Robinson Phelps, DD, MA was an Anglican bishop in the first half of the 20th century.

Early life

Phelps was born in Canada[1] on 19 September 1863[2] and educated at Keble College, Oxford.[3] he was made deacon in 1887[4] and ordained priest in 1888. Following curacies at Battersea, St John the Evangelist, Westminster and St John the Divine, Kennington[5] he was rector of Thorpe Episcopi, Norfolk.

South Africa

Phelps and his family emigrated to Grahamstown in 1914.[6]

Phelps was elected Bishop of Grahamstown in 1915.[7][6] In 1931 he was translated to Cape Town.[8] His consecration as archbishop was challenged by other Anglican clergy in the civil court in Cape Town.[9] The court found for Phelps.[10]

Due to ill-health Phelps resigned as archbishop in 1937,[11] He died less than a year later on 27 June 1938.[12] in Oxford.[13]

Phelps married Edith Hunter in 1895.[14] and Ethel M. Stockham in 1931.[15]


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  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
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  4. ^ The Times, Tuesday, Jun 14, 1887; pg. 4; Issue 32098; col C Ordinations. Diocese Of Rochester
  5. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  6. ^ a b Gould 1924, p. xviii.
  7. ^ Botha 2006, p. 198-.
  8. ^ New Primate Of South Africa Dr. Phelps Elected The Times Friday, Dec 19, 1930
  9. ^ "ARCHBISHOP OF CAPE TOWN. Legality of His Appointment Questioned". Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer. 19 August 1931. p. 8 col D. Retrieved 2014-09-19 – via  
  10. ^ "Ex-archbishop dies". Hull Daily Mail. 28 June 1938. p. 8 col A. Retrieved 2014-09-19 – via  
  11. ^ "Dr Francis Robinson Phelps. Archbishop Of Capetown, Is Resigning His Position For Reasons Of Health". Sunderland Daily Echo and Shipping Gazette. 6 October 1937. p. 2 col B. Retrieved 2014-09-19 – via  
  12. ^ Obituary Dr. F. R. Phelps Former Archbishop Of Capetown The Times Tuesday, Jun 28, 1938; pg. 16; Issue 48032; col C
  13. ^ "Former Archbishop Dead". Western Daily Press. 28 June 1938. p. 5 col B. Retrieved 2014-09-19 – via  
  14. ^ "England & Wales marriages 1837-2008 Transcription".  
  15. ^ "England & Wales marriages 1837-2008 Transcription".  


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Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles
Preceded by
Charles Edward Cornish
Bishop of Grahamstown
1915 – 1931
Succeeded by
Archibald Howard Cullen
Preceded by
William Marlborough Carter
Archbishop of Cape Town
1931 – 1938
Succeeded by
John Russell Darbyshire
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