Leslie Owen

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Leslie Owen
Bishop of Lincoln
Church Church of England
Diocese Diocese of Lincoln
In office1946–1947
Predecessor Aylmer Skelton
Successor Maurice Harland
Other post(s) Archdeacon of Auckland (1936–39)
Bishop of Jarrow (1939–1944)
Bishop of Maidstone (1944–1946)
Ordination1912 (priest)
Personal details
Died3 March 1947
Denomination Anglican
Alma mater St John's College, Cambridge

Leslie Owen (1886–1947) was an Anglican bishop.

Owen was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Northwood. He studied at St John's College, Cambridge and Ely Theological College. [1]

He was ordained in 1912 and was a curate at Ashford (1914–19). He was interviewed by the Chaplain-General in November 1916 for a commission as a Temporary Chaplain to the Forces. It was noted that, unusually, he could ride, speak French and German and preach extempore. He was posted to Malta, "the nurse of the Mediterranean", where he was given a "very satisfactory report". [2] He was demobilised in 1919. When peace returned he became a lecturer at Bishop's College, Cheshunt and then Warden of the Scholar Cancellarii, Lincoln. Appointed Archdeacon of Auckland in 1936, he was ordained to the episcopate as Bishop of Jarrow three years later. [3] While at Jarrow, he conducted the wedding of his secretary to Michael Ramsay, future Archbishop of Canterbury. [4] Owen was a highly regarded scholar and was considered for the vacant diocesan bishoprics at Southwell (1941), [5] Blackburn [6] and Lincoln (1942) [7] but he was not appointed. Instead, Archbishop Temple arranged for his translation to another suffragan bishopric, Maidstone, in 1943 with special responsibility for supporting Chaplains and for making arrangements for post-War ordination candidates who had fought in the War. [8] The following year, Owen was preaching in the Guards Chapel in London when it was hit by a flying bomb. [9] He was physically unhurt but badly shaken by the experience. Nevertheless, he was considered for the diocesan sees of Salisbury [10] and Lincoln in 1946 [11] and was appointed to Lincoln. Although he had been assured by his doctors of his fitness for the post, he fell ill and died in March 1947, aged 60. "He did not make public appearances, or write books, or attract attention to himself. It required a flying bomb to make him for a moment a head-line figure". [12]

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  1. "Who was Who" 1897–2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN   978-0-19-954087-7
  2. Media Card Museum of Army Chaplaincy
  3. The Times, 7 June 1939; p19, "Ecclesiastical News Church Appointments New Bishop of Jarrow"
  4. 'Michael Ramsay'by Owen Chadwick,Oxford,p59
  5. TNA PREM5/339
  6. TNA PREM5/259
  7. TNA PREM5/290
  8. The Times 15.12.1943
  9. The Times 3.3.1944
  10. TNA PREM5/346
  11. TNA PREM5/294
  12. Lincoln Diocesan Magazine p343
Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Jarrow
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Maidstone
Succeeded by
Not replaced for 10 years
Preceded by Bishop of Lincoln
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