Dr Pearce (1870–1935) Bishop of Derby by Ernest Townsend[1]

Edmund Courtenay Pearce was the inaugural Bishop of Derby[2] from 1927[3] until his death in 1935.[4] His brother Ernest was the Bishop of Worcester from 1919 to 1930.[5]

Born on 17 December 1870 and educated at Christ's Hospital[6] and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge,[7][8] he was ordained in 1899.[9] His career began with a curacy at St James, Muswell Hill.[10] He was then Vicar of St Bene't's, Cambridge,[11] Dean then Master of his old college and finally (before his elevation to the episcopate) Vice-Chancellor of the University. He died while taking a confirmation service near Glossop.[12]


  1. ^ Bishop Pearce, Ernest Townsend, BBC, retrieved 14 July 2014
  2. ^ Harrison, Lucy. "About". derby.anglican.org. Archived from the original on 20 November 2008.
  3. ^ Bishop Of Derby. The Master Of Corpus Appointed. The Times Wednesday, Aug 10, 1927; pg. 10; Issue 44656; col C
  4. ^ The Times, Monday, Oct 14, 1935; pg. 20; Issue 47194; col A The Bishop Of Derby Administrative Gifts
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  6. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  7. ^ The Times, Friday, Jan 17, 1896; pg. 6; Issue 34789; col A University Intelligence. Cambridge, Jan. 16.
  8. ^ "Pearce, Edmund Courtenay (PR889EC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  9. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, John Phillips, 1900
  10. ^ "St James Muswell Hill - to live as Jesus lived | to love as Jesus loved". st-james.org.uk.
  11. ^ "St Benet's Multi Academy Trust | St Benet's Multi Academy Trust".
  12. ^ "Bygone Derbyshire". Archived from the original on 27 September 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2009.
Academic offices Preceded byRobert Caldwell Master of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge 1914–1927 Succeeded byWilliam Spens Preceded byPeter Giles Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge 1921–1922 Succeeded byAlbert Seward Church of England titles New diocese Bishop of Derby 1927–1935 Succeeded byAlfred Rawlinson