John Howard Bertram Masterman (1867–1933) was the first Anglican Bishop of Plymouth from 1923 to 1933.[1]

In authorship he is known as J. H. B. Masterman. His works ranged from religion to political and in the First World War he was asked to write two of the tracts distributed to troops to assure them that they were doing God's will.

Life Edit

He was the second son of Thomas W. Masterman of Rotherfield Hall in Sussex. His younger brother was the natural historian Arthur Masterman FRS FRSE.[2]

Masterman was the grandson of William Brodie Gurney (and a distant relation to Elizabeth Fry through him) and the brother of the Liberal MP Charles Frederick Gurney Masterman. He was the husband of Theresa and father of Cyril Masterman OBE.

Masterman was educated at University College School[3] and St John's College, Cambridge.[4][5] He was a distinguished academic and held incumbencies at St Aubyn's Church, Devonport[6] and St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London[7] before his ordination to the episcopate in 1923, a position he held until his death 10 years later.

Publications Edit

  • A History of the British Constitution
  • The Dawn of Mediaeval Europe, 476-918 (Six Ages of European History: Vol. 1) (1909)
  • Parliament: Its History and Work (1912)
  • The Life Beyond Death war tract no.7 (1914)
  • The King Needs You war tract no.8 (1914)
  • The Age of Milton (1915)
  • A Century of British Foreign Policy (1919)
  • Studies in the Book of Revelation (1919)
  • Clerical Incomes
  • Birmingham: The Story of English Towns (1920)

His hymn, "Almighty Father, who dost give", was included in The Australian Hymn Book, 1977, no.541, set to the tune "Vermont" by the Australian composer, Alfred Ernest Floyd.

Notes Edit

  1. ^ National Archives record
  2. ^ Gardiner, J. Stanley (1941). "Arthur Thomas Masterman. 1869-1941". Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society. 3 (10): 813–817. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1941.0036. JSTOR 769181. S2CID 162724215.
  3. ^ Who was Who 1897-1990, London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ University Intelligence, March, 4. The Times Monday, 7 March 1892; p. 8; Issue 33579; col C
  5. ^ "Masterman, John Howard Bertram (MSTN890JH)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  6. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  7. ^ Ecclesiastical Intelligence. New Rector Of Bow Church The Times Monday, 27 May 1912; p. 4; Issue 39909; col C

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Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Plymouth
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