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The Bishop of the Falkland Islands was historically a bishopric in the Church of England; as the ordinary of the Diocese of the Falkland Islands, the bishop had responsibility for chaplaincies across South America, before national metropolitical provinces were formed.

Today the Bishop of the Falkland Islands is the head of the small extra-provincial Church of the Falkland Islands, a member church of the Anglican Communion. The title is held concurrently and ex officio by the Archbishop of Canterbury, whose jurisdiction is delegated to a commissary known as the Bishop for the Falkland Islands.


Waite Stirling, a missionary from the Patagonian Missionary Society (renamed the South American Missionary Society in 1868) was consecrated in Westminster Abbey on 21 December 1869, as the first Bishop of the Falkland Islands. Stirling had episcopal jurisdiction over "the whole of South America with the exception of British Guiana".[citation needed] Stirling served the people of the Falkland Islands for 30 years, later becoming Canon of Wells Cathedral.

Until well into the twentieth century, the Bishop of the Falkland Islands had episcopal authority over the whole of South America, until power shifted to the Bishop of Argentina. In 1982, the Argentinian episcopal authority over the Falkland Islands was abolished; today the Rector of the Cathedral reports directly to the Archbishop of Canterbury and receives pastoral guidance from the Archbishop's Commissary, who since September 2017 has been Tim Thornton, Bishop to the Forces.[1][2] The Archbishop retains the title Bishop of the Falkland Islands, while his Commissary takes the title Bishop for the Falkland Islands.

List of holdersEdit

Bishop of the Falkland IslandsEdit

Dates Name
1869–1900 Waite Stirling
1902 Edward Every
1910 Lawrence Blair
1919 Norman de Jersey
1936 John Weller
1945 Daniel Evans
1964 Cyril Tucker
1975 Richard Cutts
1978[3]–present Archbishop of Canterbury
1978–1982 Archbishop's Commissary: Richard Cutts

Bishop for the Falkland IslandsEdit

Dates Name Other offices
16 January 2007 to 2014 Stephen Venner, Archbishop's Commissary Bishop of Dover (1999–2009); Bishop to the Forces (2009–2014)
9 July 2014 to August 2017 Nigel Stock, Archbishop's Commissary Bishop at Lambeth (2013–2017); Bishop to the Forces (2014–2017)
6 September 2017 to present Tim Thornton, Archbishop's Commissary Bishop at Lambeth and Bishop to the Forces (2017–present)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lambeth Palace — Tim Thornton announced as new Bishop at Lambeth (Accessed 4 April 2017)
  2. ^ Lambeth Palace — Tim Thornton commissioned as new Bishop at Lambeth (Accessed 9 September 2017)
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 87th Issue, 1977-1979 p 241

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