A. G. Edwards (bishop)

Alfred George Edwards (2 November 1848 – 22 July 1937), known as A. G. Edwards, was elected the first archbishop of the disestablished Church in Wales.

A. G. Edwards
Archbishop of Wales
Alfred George Edwards by Solomon J Solomon.jpg
ChurchChurch in Wales
DioceseSt Asaph
In office1920–1934
SuccessorCharles Green
Personal details
Born(1848-11-02)2 November 1848
Llanymawddwy, Gwynedd, Wales
Died22 July 1937(1937-07-22) (aged 88)
Alma materJesus College, Oxford

The son of a priest of the Church of England, Edwards was born in Llanymawddwy in Gwynedd. He studied at Jesus College, Oxford, before being appointed warden of Llandovery College in 1875. In the same year he was ordained as a priest and in 1885 he was appointed the vicar of St Peter's Church, Carmarthen. [1]

In 1889, Edwards was appointed the Bishop of St Asaph:[2] he was elected on 2 March at St Asaph Cathedral[3] and consecrated a bishop on Lady Day 1889 (25 March), by Frederick Temple, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Westminster Abbey.[4] He was a strong defender of the rights of the established Church of England in Wales in the face of mounting call for disestablishment from the nonconformist and liberal majority.

He was Honorary Chaplain to the Denbighshire Yeomanry from 2 August 1902.[5]

When the Church of England in Wales was disestablished and became the Church in Wales in 1920, he was elected the first Archbishop of Wales. He retired in 1934, died in 1937 and was buried at St Asaph.[6]


  1. ^ Who was Who 1897–20 07, 1991, ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ The Bishop Of St Asaph (News), The Times, 26 April 1889; pg. 7; Issue 32683; col F
  3. ^ "The Bishopric of St Asaph (col. 3–4)". Church Times (#1363). 8 March 1889. p. 222. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 26 June 2018 – via UK Press Online archives.
  4. ^ "Consecration of Bishops (col. 3–4)". Church Times (#1366). 29 March 1889. p. 289. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 26 June 2018 – via UK Press Online archives.
  5. ^ "No. 27460". The London Gazette. 1 August 1902. p. 4972.
  6. ^ Ecclesiastical News, Archbishop Of Wales's Retirement (Official Appointments and Notices), The Times, 25 July 1934; pg. 15; Issue 46815; col D
Church in Wales titles
Preceded by
Joshua Hughes
Bishop of St Asaph
Succeeded by
William Havard
New title Archbishop of Wales
Succeeded by
Charles Green