Edward Bevan (bishop)

Edward Latham Bevan[1] (27 October 1861[2] – 2 February 1934)[3] was a Welsh churchman, the inaugural Bishop of Swansea and Brecon from 1923[4] until his death, having previously been the final suffragan Bishop of Swansea.


Born in Weymouth on 27 October 1861[2] he was the son of William Latham Bevan and Louisa Dew,[5] and nephew of George Phillips Bevan. He was educated at Hertford College, Oxford[6] (whence he gained the degree MA (Oxon)) and ordained in 1886.[7]

He began his career with a curacy [8] at Holy Trinity, Weymouth [9] after which he was Chaplain [10] of the Gordon’ Home for Boys[11] until 1907 when he became Archdeacon of Brecon. He was first appointed to the episcopate as the Bishop of Swansea, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of St Davids,[12] ordained and consecrated a bishop on 29 September 1915, by Randall Davidson, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Canterbury Cathedral;[13] before becoming the first Bishop of Swansea and Brecon upon the erection of that diocese eight years later.[14] At some point he gained a Doctorate of Divinity (DD).


  1. ^ NPG details
  2. ^ a b “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ The Times, Saturday, Feb 03, 1934; pg. 8; Issue 46669; col E Bishop Of Swansea And Brecon Chairman Of The C.E.M.S
  4. ^ Ecclesiastical News. New Bishop Enthroned. The Times Saturday, Sep 15, 1923; pg. 11; Issue 43447; col C
  5. ^ Jones, O. W. "Bevan, William Latham". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/31870. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  6. ^ University Intelligence. Oxford, Oct. 10. The Times Saturday, Oct 11, 1884; pg. 9; Issue 31262; col F
  7. ^ Ordinations The Times Wednesday, Jun 23, 1886; pg. 4; Issue 31793; col C
  8. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  9. ^ Photo of church
  10. ^ The Times, Friday, Jun 29, 1894; pg. 11; Issue 34303; col F Ecclesiastical Intelligence
  11. ^ "Remembering the Great War". Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2010-04-13.
  12. ^ "in memoriam: The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon". Church Times (#3707). 9 February 1934. p. 171. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 7 October 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  13. ^ "Consecration of the Bishops-Suffragan of Stafford and Swansea". Church Times (#2749). 1 October 1915. p. 311. ISSN 0009-658X. Retrieved 7 October 2017 – via UK Press Online archives.
  14. ^ Diocesan web-site
Church in Wales titles
Preceded by
John Lloyd
Bishop of Swansea
last suffragan
(diocese erected)
New title Bishop of Swansea and Brecon
Succeeded by
John Morgan