Thomas Wilkinson (bishop of Hexham and Newcastle)

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Thomas William Wilkinson (5 April 1825 – 17 April 1909) was an English prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle from 1889 to 1909. [1]

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Prelate High-ranking member of the clergy

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The Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle is the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle in the Province of Liverpool, known also on occasion as the Northern Province.

Born at Harperley Park, Harperley, County Durham on 5 April 1825, he was educated at Harrow and at Durham University. He graduated with a 6th class (ordinary) BA in April 1845 and with an LTh in June of the same year. [2] He converted to Catholicism in 1846. [3]

Harperley village in United Kingdom

Harperley is a small village in County Durham, England. It is situated between Tantobie to the north east, Tanfield Lea to the east, Stanley to the south, East Kyo to the south east and Catchgate, West Kyo and Annfield Plain to the west.

County Durham County of England

County Durham is a county in North East England. The county town is Durham, a cathedral city. The largest settlement is Darlington, closely followed by Hartlepool, Billingham and Stockton-on-Tees. It borders Tyne and Wear to the north east, Northumberland to the north, Cumbria to the west and North Yorkshire to the south. The county's historic boundaries stretch between the rivers Tyne and Tees, thus including places such as Gateshead, Jarrow, South Shields and Sunderland.

Harrow School English independent school for boys

Harrow School is public school for boys in Harrow, London, England. The School was founded in 1572 by John Lyon under a Royal Charter of Elizabeth I, and is one of the original seven public schools that were regulated by the Public Schools Act 1868. Harrow charges up to £12,850 per term, with three terms per academic year (2017/18). Harrow is the fourth most expensive boarding school in the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference.

Wilkinson was ordained priest in December 1848 and assigned to found a mission in Tow Law, Weardale. [3] He was appointed an auxiliary bishop of Hexham and Newcastle and Titular Bishop of Cisamus on 15 May 1888. His consecration to the Episcopate took place on 25 July 1888, the principal consecrator was Bishop William Clifford of Clifton, and the principal co-consecrators were Archbishop Charles Petre Eyre of Glasgow and Bishop Arthur Riddell of Northampton. The following year, he was appointed Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle on 28 December 1889. [1] He also served as President of Ushaw College. [3]

Tow Law town

Tow Law is a town and civil parish in County Durham, England. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 1,952, increasing to 2,138 at the 2011 Census. It is situated a few miles to the south of Consett. Tow Law Town football team are based in the town. The town constituted an urban district from 1894 until 1974. The town is mentioned in the Mark Knopfler song "Hill Farmer's Blues" from his album The Ragpicker's Dream.

Weardale

Weardale is a dale, or valley, of the east side of the Pennines in County Durham, England. Large parts of Weardale fall within the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – the second largest AONB in England and Wales. The upper valley is surrounded by high fells and heather grouse moors. The River Wear flows through Weardale before reaching Bishop Auckland and then Durham, meeting the sea at Sunderland.

Auxiliary bishop position

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He died in office at Ushaw College on 17 April 1909, aged 84, and was buried at Ushaw College cemetery. [1] [4]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "Bishop Thomas William Wilkinson". Catholic-Hierarchy.org . David M. Cheney. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
  2. Durham University Calendar 1846. Durham University.
  3. 1 2 3 Gooch, Leopold (1989). From Jacobite to Radical : the Catholics of North East England, 1688-1850. Durham University.
  4. "Former Bishops". Roman Catholic Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Henry O'Callaghan
Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle
1889–1909
Succeeded by
Richard Collins