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Edward Ash Were (14 November 1846–8 April 1915 [1]) was an Anglican Suffragan Bishop in the latter part of the 19th century and the first decades of the 20th. He was educated at Rugby School [2] and New College, Oxford [3]. After graduation he was an Assistant Master at Winchester College for ten years before becoming Vicar of North Bradley in Wiltshire. After a spell as Chaplain to the Bishop of Southwell he was the long serving Bishop of Derby[4]. In 1909 in a sideways move he was translated to the Diocese of Lichfield to be their Suffragan[5]. His son, who perished in the First World War, was also a distinguished clergyman[6].

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Derby
1889 – 1909
Succeeded by
Charles Thomas Abraham
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Stafford
1909 – 1915
Succeeded by
Lionel Payne Crawfurd


  1. ^ The Times, Saturday, Apr 10, 1915; pg. 10; Issue 40825; col E "Obituary: The Bishop Of Stafford"
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 071363457X
  3. ^ The Times, Friday, Feb 11, 1870; pg. 3; Issue 26671; col E University Intelligence
  4. ^ The Times, Friday, Jul 19, 1889; pg. 4; Issue 32755; col A "New Suffragan Bishop of Derby"
  5. ^ The Times, Friday, Jun 18, 1909; pg. 7; Issue 38989; col E "Bishop Were translated to Lichfield"
  6. ^ The Times, Saturday, Jan 19, 1918; pg. 5; Issue 41691; col E “Fallen Officers” (includes Rev Cyril Narramore Were)


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