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The Rt Rev Adelbert John Robert Anson, DD, MA was an Anglican Bishop in late 19th Century western Canada.[1].

A controversial figure in his diocese, at least among native Canadian farmers and townspeople, he encouraged the small English community to stand fast and remain aloof against the surrounding vulgar horde of Ontario-born, Country-born, Scottish, Irish, French and aboriginal people. His influence persisted for some generations and it took some time before English immigrants to the Canadian prairies were entirely accepted into the community.

Born into a noble family on 20 December 1840[2] and educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford he was ordained in 1865 [3]. His first posts were curacies at Wolverhampton and Bilston. From 1875 to 1883 he was Rector of Woolwich before being elevated to the Episcopate as the inaugural[4] Bishop of Qu’Appelle [5]. Returning to England in 1892 he was Master of St John’s Hospital, Lichfield [6]until 1898. He died on 27 May[7] 1909[8].

Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Qu’Appelle
Succeeded by
William John Burn


  1. ^ Who was Who 1987-1990: London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 071363457X
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  3. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  4. ^ Bishops of the Diocese of Qu’Appelle
  5. ^ Consecration Of Bishops The Times Wednesday, Jun 25, 1884; pg. 10; Issue 31169; col F
  6. ^ The Times, Wednesday, Nov 23, 1892; pg. 7; Issue 33803; col A Ecclesiastical Intelligence
  7. ^ London Gazette
  8. ^ Obituary Bishop Anson The Times Friday, May 28, 1909; pg. 11; Issue 38971; col E


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