William Kay (priest)

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William Kay DSO MC** (28 December 1894 – 6 January 1980 [1] ) was an Anglican priest. [2]

Born in Blackburn, he was educated at Durham University and ordained in 1919 after distinguished wartime service with the Manchester Regiment. [3] He was a Curate at Rochdale and then Vicar of Cresswell, Derbyshire. Later he was Rural Dean of Newark [4] before a 25-year stint [5] [6] as Provost of Blackburn Cathedral. [7]

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  1. "Obituary: Very Rev W. Kay". The Times Wednesday, 16 January 1980; pg. 16; Issue 60525; col G
  2. "Handbook of British Chronology" Fryde, E.B; Greenway, D.E; Porter,S; Roy,I Cambridge, CUP,1996 ISBN   978-0-521-56350-5
  3. Who Was Who 1897–2007. London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN   978-0-19-954087-7
  4. Crockford's Clerical Directory . 1947-48 Oxford, OUP,1947
  5. The Times , Saturday, Jul 11, 1936; pg. 10; Issue 47424; col F "Ecclesiastical News New Provost of Blackburn"
  6. The Times , Tuesday, Jul 18, 1961; pg. 12; Issue 55136; col G "News in Brief Resignation of The Provost of Blackburn"
  7. Recipient of Blackburn Borough Medal
Religious titles
Preceded by Provost of Blackburn
1936 1961
Succeeded by