In Pursuit of a Welsh Episcopate examines the twelve Crown appointments of bishops for the four sees in Wales during the period 1840–1905.
The book is more than an account of these appointments, for it is also a study of the long campaign to persuade the various prime ministers to nominate Welsh speakers to these dioceses.
The arguments used for Welsh speakers to be appointed are discussed, but Roger Brown also notes the powerful lobby which emerged against such appointments, especially the fear that such men, due to their narrow upbringing, would not be adequate to their task or socially acceptable in the higher ranks of society.
The difficulties experienced by the various prime ministers in their search for suitable candidates, the open canvassing for appointment by candidates and their friends, the rejection of some front runners because of inconsistencies in their personal lives, the substantial and often derogatory newspaper correspondence which announced or rejected the claims of would-be aspirants and the emergence of the so-called cliques which endeavoured to get their man elected, are fully noted.
The author suggests that the appointment of Welsh speakers to these sees, some of whom did not come up to the usual expectations of society, helped establish the episcopate as a pastoral institution rather than as a great office of state.
Roger Lee Brown has served in the ministry of the Church in Wales since 1968. Currently he is a vicar of Welshpool and a cursal canon of St Asaph Cathedral. In addition he is an honorary fellow of the Centre for the Advanced Study of Religion in Wales at the University of Wales, Bangor, and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. A former joint editor of the Journal of Welsh Religious History, he has written a number of books on nineteenth-century Welsh church history, including The Welsh Evangelicals, David Howell: A Pool of Spirituality, Parochial Lives, Ten Clerical Lives and Reclaiming the Wilderness, while he edited The Letter Books of Edward Copleston, Bishop of Llandaff for the South Wales Record Society.
General Editor’s Foreword
List of Abbreviations
1 In Pursuit of a Welsh Episcopate: Appointments to Welsh Sees, 1840–1905
2 The Last Political Appointment: The Appointment of Connop Thirlwall to St
3 The Alien Bishop in the North: Bishop Short of St Asaph, 1846
4 The Deceit of Lord John: The Appointment of Alfred Ollivant to Llandaff, 1849
5 The Scotch Bishop: James Colquhoun Campbell and the Appointment to Bangor,
6 ‘Wales for the Welsh’: The Appointment of Joshua Hughes to St Asaph, 1870
7 Mr Disraeli’s Choice: The Appointment of Basil Jones to St Davids, 1874
8 Unexpected and Unknown: Gladstone’s Choice for Llandaff, 1883
9 Alfred George Edwards: His Appointment to St Asaph, 1889
10 The Levisian Maze: The Election to Bangor, 1890
11 The True Welshman from the North: The Election to St Davids, 1897
12 A Vacancy in Bangor: The Episcopal Election of 1898
13 The Last State Appointment: The Appointment of Joshua Pritchard Hughes to