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Arthur Hamilton Baynes

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print
Purchased, 1996
Photographs Collection
NPG x86313

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Wendy Wallington

30 March 2018, 12:59

Bishop Hamilton Baynes died on June 30th 1942 at Goring on Thames. He was Provost (formerly Rector) of Birmingham Cathedral and Assistant Bishop until his retirement in 1937. He was educated at Balliol and Oriel Colleges, Oxford and took a first in "Greats". Ordained in 1881 to a curacy at St. Mary's in Nottingham, 1884 appointed vicar of St. James', also Nottingham. In 1888 became domestic chaplain to Archbishop Benson. Held the living of Christ Church Greenwich, then appointed Bishop of Natal. Eight years in South Africa (1893-1901). In 1894 he married Cecilia Crompton, daughter of Canon Crompton of Natal, and with her had five children; Thomas born 1896, Colin born 1899, Mary born 1901, St. Clair born 1903 and Patrick born 1907. Cecilia died in 1919 and in 1923 he married Mary Burnett. There were no children of his second marriage. On return from Natal he was appointed rector of St. Mary's Nottingham, where he had held his first curacy. He was also assistant bishop in the diocese of Southwell. In 1913 he was appointed rector of St. Philip's Birmingham, a cathedral church since 1905. He was appointed Provost (Dean) of St. Philip's in 1931 and resigned in 1937. He was a keen amateur painter and took much inspiration from his holidays in Scotland with Cecilia and their children.

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