The Most Reverend
Lawrence Edward Luscombe
| Bishop of Brechin |
Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
|Church||Scottish Episcopal Church|
|Other posts||Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1985-1990)|
by John How
|Consecration||21 June 1975|
by Richard Wimbush
|Born||10 November 1924|
Torquay, Devon, England
|Parents||Reginald John & Winifred Luscombe|
|Previous post||Provost of St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee (1970–1975)|
|Education||Torquay Boys' Grammar School|
|Alma mater|| King's College London |
Kelham Theological College
Lawrence Edward "Ted" Luscombe (born 10 November 1924) is a British Anglican bishop and author. He was Bishop of Brechin from 1975 to 1990, and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church from 1985 to 1990.
The Bishop of Brechin is the ecclesiastical head of the Diocese of Brechin or Angus, based at Dundee. Brechin Cathedral, Brechin is a parish church of the established (presbyterian) Church of Scotland. The diocese had a long-established Gaelic monastic community which survived into the 13th century. The clerical establishment may very well have traced their earlier origins from Abernethy. During the Scottish Reformation, the Presbyterian Church of Scotland gained control of the heritage and jurisdiction of the bishopric. However, the line of bishops has continued to this day, according to ancient models of consecration, in the Scottish Episcopal Church.
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Luscombe was educated at Torquay Boys' Grammar School, an all-boys state grammar school in Torquay, Devon. He studied at King's College London and Kelham Theological College.
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Luscombe served in the Indian Army between 1942 and 1945.On 19 March 1944, he was granted an emergency commission as a second lieutenant. On 1 August 1945, he transferred to the Devonshire Regiment of the British Army with the rank of war substantive lieutenant.
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Luscombe became an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA) in 1952,and worked as a chartered accountant until 1963.
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Luscombe was ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church as a deacon in 1963 and as a priest, two years later in 1965.His ecclesiastical career began as a Curate at St Margaret’s, Glasgow after which he was Rector of St Barnabas’, Paisley. From 1970 to 1975, he was Provost of St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee.
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In 1975, Luscombe was consecrated a bishop,and appointed the 50th Bishop of Brechin. Ten years later he was additionally elected the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, a post he held until his retirement in 1990.
After retiring, he became an academic and author. He earned an MPhil and PhD research degrees from the University of Dundee where he remains an honorary Research Fellow in Modern History.
In May 1981, Luscombe was appointed a Serving Brother of the Venerable Order of St John (SBStJ).In January 1986, he was promoted to Officer of the Venerable Order of St John (OStJ). In 1987, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of Dundee.
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|Anglican Communion titles|
| Bishop of Brechin |
| Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church |