John Rundle Cornish (7 October 1837 – 20 April 1918) was an Anglican bishop, the inaugural Bishop of St Germans from 1905 to 1918.

Born on 7 October 1837 he was educated at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he was 14th Wrangler in 1859.[1][2] He was a Lecturer then Fellow [3] at the College before studying for ordination. His subsequent appointments included a period as Vicar of Kenwyn,[4] the post of Principal of Truro Training College and Archdeacon of Cornwall [5] before a 15-year stint as a Suffragan Bishop as the inaugural Bishop of St Germans. He died on 20 April 1918 and a school (the Bishop Cornish C of E VA Primary School) in the locality is named after him.[6] After Cornish's death the bishopric of St Germans remained dormant for 56 years.[7]


  1. ^ "Cornish, John Rundle (CNS855JR)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ Who was Who1897-1990 (London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X)
  3. ^ The Times, Wednesday, Dec 04, 1867; pg. 9; Issue 25985; col F University Intelligence. Appointments at Sidney Sussex Dec. 3.
  4. ^ History of Kenwyn Church
  5. ^ The Times, Thursday, Jul 26, 1888; pg. 5; Issue 32448; col E Ecclesiastical Appointments.-New Archdeacon of Cornwall
  6. ^ Prospectus for Bishop Cornish School Archived 2011-09-10 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Crockfords,(London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of St Germans
1905 – 1918
Succeeded by
In abeyance until 1974