Dean of Truro

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The Dean of Truro is the head (primus inter pares – first among equals) and chair of the chapter of canons, the ruling body of Truro Cathedral. The dean and chapter are based at the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Truro. The cathedral is the mother church of the Diocese of Truro and seat of the Bishop of Truro. The current dean is Roger Bush.


History of the Chapter

Upon the foundation of Truro Cathedral the bishop was authorised to establish honorary canonries which Dr, Benson did; these numbered 24. In 1878 a new act of Parliament authorised the bishop to establish residentiary canonries; in 1882 an existing canonry was transferred to Truro from Exeter whose income enabled the provision of two canonries at Truro. In 1906 the office of sub-dean was endowed; the bishop was also the dean (at least until 1925). This was the position until it became possible to fund the office of Dean. [1]

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  1. Cooper, Canon (chancellor) "The restoration of the Cornish bishopric", in:The Cornish Church Guide. Truro: Blackford, 1925; pp. 30-50 (the bishop was still dean in 1925)
  2. This is Cornwall – Dean investigated over relationship steps down
  3. Truro Cathedral Press Release – New Dean
  4. "Announcement from the Dean". Truro Cathedral. 7 August 2022. Archived from the original on 27 September 2022. Retrieved 27 September 2022.