Cosmo Gordon Lang, Baron Lang of Lambeth (1864-1945), Archbishop of Canterbury
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Archbishop of Canterbury. Born in Scotland Lang entered the Church of England in 1890 as curate in a Leeds Parish church. He became the Dean of Divinity at Magdalen College, Oxford, Bishop of Stepney (1901-8) and Canon of St Paul's. In 1908 he was appointed Archbishop of York, a significant promotion which acknowledged Lang's status as a rising star, and in 1928 became Archbishop of Canterbury. During his early career Lang was prepared to challenge the establishment and he later attracted controversy for his forthright criticism of Edward VIII following the King's abdication from the throne in 1936.