Thomas Sprott (bishop)

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The Rt Rev Thomas Henry Sprott, [1] MA, DD, OBE [2] (26 September 1856 – 25 July 1942) was an eminent [3] Anglican priest in the first half of the 20th century.

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Born on 26 September 1856 at Dromore, County Down, [4] he was educated at Trinity College, Dublin [5] and ordained in 1879. [6] Following curacies at Holy Trinity, Kingston upon Hull [7] and St John the Evangelist, Waterloo Road, [8] he became Minister of St Barnabas’, Mount Eden, Auckland [9] in 1886.

Dromore, County Down town and civil parish in County Down, Northern Ireland

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From 1892 until 1911 Sprott was Vicar of St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Wellington [10] when he was elevated to the Episcopate as the 4th Bishop of Wellington, a post he held for 25 years. [11] Described as a “a profound divine who for years tried to fathom the deeps of modern reasoning", [12] he died on 25 July 1942. [13] His wife [14] Edith survived him and died in 1945, but his son (who was awarded the Military Cross in 1917) [15] died on active service with the Norfolk Regiment in March 1918. [16]

A vicar is a representative, deputy or substitute; anyone acting "in the person of" or agent for a superior. Linguistically, vicar is cognate with the English prefix "vice", similarly meaning "deputy". The title appears in a number of Christian ecclesiastical contexts, but also as an administrative title, or title modifier, in the Roman Empire. In addition, in the Holy Roman Empire a local representative of the emperor, perhaps an archduke, might be styled "vicar".

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Sprott House, a residential home for the elderly in Wellington, New Zealand, is named for him.


  1. "Photo of Sprott". 26 September 1928. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  2. "Birthday honours". The Times 3 June 1919; pg. 18; Issue 42116; col B
  3. "St Luke's Wadestown". Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  4. McCaul, John H. "DNZB". DNZB. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  5. Who was Who 1987–1990: London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN   0-7136-3457-X
  6. "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  7. "Hull Holy Trinity parish records". Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  8. United Kingdom. "Church details". Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  9. "Brief details". Archived from the original on 24 November 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  10. The Rev. Thomas Henry Sprott. "The Cyclopedia of New Zealand (Wellington Provincial District)". Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  11. "Hull Times Index 1928–45" (PDF). Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  12. "Past Papers NZ Truth". 11 July 1929. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  13. "Obituary The Rt Rev T.H. Sprott". The Times 27 July 1942; pg. 6; Issue 49298; col E
  14. "Photo of spouse". 28 February 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  15. "Auckland Weekly News 1 November 1917". 1 November 1917. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
  16. "Wakefield Family History Sharing". Retrieved 12 January 2012.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Frederic Wallis
Bishop of Wellington
Succeeded by
Herbert St Barbe Holland

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