Michael Adie

Michael Edgar Adie, CBE (born 22 November 1929)[1] was Bishop of Guildford from 1983 until his retirement in 1994.

Michael Adie

Bishop of Guildford
DioceseDiocese of Guildford
In office1983–1994
PredecessorDavid Brown
SuccessorJohn Gladwin
Other post(s)Archdeacon of Lincoln
Consecrationc. 1983
Personal details
Born (1929-11-22) 22 November 1929 (age 91)
SpouseAnne Devonald Roynon
ChildrenThree daughters, One son; Elizabeth Devonald; Andrew Mark Devonald; Margaret Rosamond Devonald; Helen Catherine Devonald. 11 Grandchildren. 5 great grandchildren.
Alma materSt John's College, Oxford

He was born in Romford, Essex, the son of Walter Granville Adie and Kate Emily Adie (née Parrish), and educated at Westminster School and St John's College, Oxford. He is a distant relative of the broadcaster and journalist Kate Adie.[2]

He was ordained in 1955 and after a curacy at St Luke, Pallion, Sunderland[3] he became Resident Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury. After that he was Vicar of St Mark, Sheffield,[4] Rural Dean of Hallam, Rector of Louth, and Archdeacon of Lincoln[5] before being elevated to the Episcopate.

Adie played a significant role in introducing the measure in General Synod that led to the ordination of women priests. He was Chairman of the General Synod Board of Education and was appointed a CBE in the 1994 Birthday Honours for services to education.[6]

He was married in 1957 to Anne Devonald Roynon (b.1930- d. 2013); they had three daughters and one son.


  1. ^ Who's Who2008: London, A & C Black ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  2. ^ Guildford Diocesan Herald
  3. ^ Church web site Archived 2008-12-25 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory1975-76 Lambeth, Church House, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  5. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 2004/2005 (98th ed.). Church House Publishing. 2003. ISBN 0-7151-8129-7. ADIE, The Rt Revd Michael Edgar. b.29. CBE94. St Jo Coll Ox BA52 MA56 Surrey Univ DUniv95. Westcott Ho Cam 52. d.54 p.55 c.83.
  6. ^ "No. 53696". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1994. p. 8.
Church of England titles
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Bishop of Guildford
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