John Quirk (bishop)

John Nathaniel Quirk (1849 – 26 April 1924) was an Anglican bishop.

Photograph of Quirk which appeared in the 'Sheffield & District Who's Who' of 1905.

Early lifeEdit

Quirk was the son of Charles Thomas Quirk, sometime rector of Golborne.[1] After being educated at Shrewsbury School and St John's College, Cambridge, he was ordained deacon in 1874 and priest in the following year.[2]

Ecclesiastical careerEdit

His first post was as a curate at St Leonard's, Bridgnorth,[3] where he served for four years, after which he was at Doncaster.[4] He was Vicar of St Thomas's, Douglas, for a year, then successively Vicar of Rotherham, of St Mary's, Beverley and of St Paul's, Lorrimore Square, before being appointed Canon of York in 1888.[4] He was appointed Rector and Rural Dean of Bath in 1895, where he was heavily involved with the restoration of Bath Abbey.[4] Quirk had recently been nominated Vicar Designate of Doncaster, when in September 1901 he became the first and (as it turned out) only Bishop of Sheffield to be a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of York.[5][6] He was consecrated as a bishop in York Minster on 18 October 1901.[7] In May 1902 he received the degree Doctor of Divinity (DD) from the University of Cambridge.[8]

When Sheffield was selected to form the centre of a new diocese in 1914,[9] Quirk was translated to be the second Bishop of Jarrow (a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Durham).[10] He also served as Archdeacon of Durham from 1922 to 1924.

He was appointed Honorary Chaplain to the Yeomanry regiment the Yorkshire Dragoons on 28 May 1902.[11]

He died on 26 April 1924. He had become a Doctor of Divinity (DD).


Quirk was married, on 22 April 1880 at Brathay Church, Ambleside, to Mary Jane Clay (b. 17 August 1856 at Stapenhill, Burton-on-Trent; d. 21 August 1934 at Ulverstoke[12]). She was the daughter of John Clay[13](1805–1877), a priest, of Burton-on-Trent, and his wife, Jessie Harden (1814–1908) of Ambleside. They had two sons and a daughter:

  • Robert Quirk (1883–1949), m. Stella Sedgewick in 1908 and had children Roger, Diana and Catharine.
  • Douglas Quirk (1887–1939), m. Inna Obolianoff in 1923, no children.
  • Margery Quirk (1886–1911) d.unm.


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897–1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  2. ^ "Quirk, John Nathaniel (QRK869JN)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ "Information about the church". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2008.
  4. ^ a b c "Ecclesiastical intelligence - the new Bishops". The Times. No. 36539. London. 21 August 1901. p. 8.
  5. ^ "No. 27353". The London Gazette. 10 September 1901. p. 5979.
  6. ^ The Times, Wednesday, 11 September 1901; p. 8; Issue 36557; col E Ecclesiastical Intelligence Inaugural Bishop of Sheffield
  7. ^ "Ecclesiastical intelligence - Consecration of Bishops". The Times. No. 36590. London. 19 October 1901. p. 11.
  8. ^ "University intelligence". The Times. No. 36775. London. 23 May 1902. p. 4.
  9. ^ History of Diocese
  10. ^ The Times, Saturday, 2 May 1914; p. 10; Issue 40513; col E New Bishop Of Jarrow
  11. ^ "No. 27437". The London Gazette. 27 May 1902. p. 3463.
  12. ^ The Times, Monday, 27 August 1934; p. 1; Issue 46843; col A Deaths Mary Jane Quirk
  13. ^ "Clay of Piercefield | 12333 Rev. John . . . . . 1805-1908".
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Bishop of Sheffield
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