James Bilsborrow

James Romanus Bilsborrow, O.S.B. (27 August 1862 – 19 June 1931) was an English Roman Catholic prelate and Benedictine priest. He served as the first Archbishop of Cardiff (1916–1920), having previously been Bishop of Port-Louis (1916–1920).[1]

The Most Reverend

James Romanus Bilsborrow

Archbishop of Cardiff
ChurchRoman Catholic
Appointed7 February 1916
In office1916-1920
PredecessorFirst Archbishop
SuccessorFrancis Mostyn
Other post(s)Titular Archbishop of Cius
Ordination23 June 1889
Consecration24 February 1911
by John Hedley
RankMetropolitan Archbishop
Personal details
Born(1862-08-27)27 August 1862
Walton-le-Dale, England
Died19 June 1931(1931-06-19) (aged 68)
Previous post(s)Bishop of Port-Louis (1911-1916)
Styles of
James Romanus Bilsborrow
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Reference styleThe Most Reverend
Spoken styleYour Grace
Religious styleArchbishop

Born in Preston, Lancashire on 27 August 1862, he was ordained a priest in the Order of Saint Benedict on 23 June 1889. He was appointed the Bishop of the Diocese of Port-Louis in Mauritius on 13 September 1910. His consecration to the Episcopate took place on 24 February 1911, the principal consecrator was John Cuthbert Hedley, Bishop of Newport, and the principal co-consecrators were Peter Augustine O’Neill, Bishop Emeritus of Port-Louis and Joseph Robert Cowgill, Bishop of Leeds. Six years later, Bilsborrow was appointed the first Archbishop of Cardiff on 7 February 1916.[1]

He resigned the post on 16 December 1920 and appointed Titular Archbishop of Cius. He died on 19 June 1931, aged 68.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Archbishop James Romanus Bilsborrow, O.S.B." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 26 June 2011.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
John Tuohill Murphy
Bishop of Port-Louis
Succeeded by
Peter Augustine O’Neill
New title Archbishop of Cardiff
Succeeded by
Francis Mostyn