John William Diggle (2 March 1847 – 24 March 1920) was an English Anglican bishop. He was Archdeacon of Westmorland from 1896 to 1901, Archdeacon of Birmingham from 1903 to 1904, and Bishop of Carlisle from 1905 to his death in 1920.

John Diggle
Bishop of Carlisle
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ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Carlisle
In office1905 to 1920
PredecessorJohn Bardsley
SuccessorHenry Williams
Consecrationc. 1905
Personal details
Birth nameJohn William Diggle
Born(1847-03-02)2 March 1847
Died24 March 1920(1920-03-24) (aged 73)
ChildrenFive, including Percy Robert Diggle

Early life and educationEdit

Diggle was the son of William Diggle, a warehouseman of Pendleton, Lancashire and his wife Nancy Ann née Chadderton. His younger brother, Joseph Diggle (1849–1917) was to become chairman of the London School Board.[1] He was educated at Manchester Grammar School.[2] and Merton College, Oxford.[3]

Ordained ministryEdit

Diggle began his career with curacies at St Margaret, Whalley Range,[4] All Saints’, Liverpool and St John’s, Walton. From 1875 until 1897 he was Vicar of Mossley Hill.[5] He was in 1896 collated Archdeacon of Westmorland, serving until November 1901, and then in 1903 Archdeacon of Birmingham.[6]

In 1905, Diggle was appointed Bishop of Carlisle, the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Carlisle.[7] He held the post until his death on 24 March 1920.[8][9]

Personal lifeEdit

In 1874, Diggle married Cicely Jane Butterfield. In 1884, Diggle married Edith Moss. Diggle had five children: four sons and one daughter.[10]

His son, Percy Robert Diggle, was a rugby union international, representing the Combined British on the 1910 RFU tour to Argentina, an early incarnation of the British and Irish Lions.


  1. ^ Donald P. Leinster-Mackay (2004). "Diggle, Joseph Robert (1849–1917)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 16 January 2010.
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897–1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^   Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1922). "Diggle, John William" . Encyclopædia Britannica. 30 (12th ed.). London & New York. p. 839.
  4. ^ Genuki
  5. ^ The Times, Thursday, Jul 11, 1889; pg. 5; Issue 32748; col D Ecclesiastical Appointments
  6. ^ London Gazette
  7. ^ Images of Cumbria
  8. ^ National Archives
  9. ^ Obituary The Bishop Of Carlisle. A Liberal Prelate The Times Friday, Mar 26, 1920; pg. 18; Issue 42369; col B
  10. ^ "DIGGLE, Rt Rev. John William". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. April 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Bardsley
Bishop of Carlisle
Succeeded by
Henry Williams