Thomas Suther

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The Right Reverend

Thomas Suther
Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney
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Rev. Thomas Suther
Church Scottish Episcopal Church
Diocese Aberdeen and Orkney
In office1865-1883
Successor Arthur Douglas
Personal details
Born(1814-02-05)February 5, 1814
Edinburgh [1]
Died23 January 1883
Sanremo, Liguria, Italy
Nationality Scottish
Denomination Anglican

Thomas George Spink Suther (5 February 1814 – 23 January 1883) was the Scottish Episcopalian bishop of Aberdeen from 1857–1865 and first bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney from 1865 to 1883. [2] [3] [4] [5]

Suther was born in Edinburgh to Deputy Inspector General Peter Suther, M.D. was posted to Nova Scotia when his son was an infant. His father was a doctor in the Royal Navy and was stationed at Halifax c.1814-1829. Sutherland was educated at King's College, Windsor and ordained in 1837. [6] [7] [8]

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At age 21, Suther moved to Scotland and became a curate in St Paul's and St George's Church for 19 years. [9] After curacies in Edinburgh and at St. James Scottish Episcopal Church in Leith [10] he came to St Andrew's Cathedral, Aberdeen in 1856. [9] He died at San Remo on 23 January 1883. [11]

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In 1835, Suther married Catherine Fraser, daughter of James Fraser. [12]

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  1. Rowan Strong (21 March 2002). Episcopalianism in Nineteenth-Century Scotland: Religious Responses to a Modernizing Society. OUP Oxford. p. 292. ISBN   978-0-19-924922-0.
  2. Crockfords
  3. Suther's Grave marker inscription, p. 107
  4. The Annual Register, Volume 125 edited by Edmund Burke - Obit indicating born in Scotland
  5. Nova Scotia and Nova Scotians: a lecture delivered before the Literary and Debating Society of Windsor, N.S. and afterward at the Temperance Hall, Halifax, in behalf of the Athenæum
  6. Father's obituary
  7. 'The Church of England Magazine, Volume 2 (Jan to July 1837)' p15: London, James Burns, 1837
  8. Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada :, 1903, p. 326
  9. 1 2 Benjamin W. Crombie (1882). William Scott Douglas (ed.). Modern Athenians; a series of original portraits of memorable citizens of Edinburgh. A. and C. Black. p. 274 via Internet Archive.
  10. "Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000" Bertie, D.M p 316: Edinburgh T & T Clark ISBN   0-567-08746-8
  11. Obituary. The Times (London, England), Monday, 29 January 1883; pg. 7; Issue 30729.
  12. Types of Canadian women and of women who are or have been connected with Canada :, 1903, p. 326
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Bishop of Aberdeen and Orkney
Succeeded by
Arthur Douglas