Colin Buchanan (bishop)

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Colin Buchanan
Bishop of Woolwich
Diocese Diocese of Southwark
In office 1996–2004 (retired)
Predecessor Peter Hall
Successor Christopher Chessun
Other posts honorary assistant bishop in Bradford (2004–present); and in Rochester (1989–1996)
Bishop of Aston (1985–1989)
Principal, London College of Divinity (1979–1985)
Ordination 1961 (deacon); 1962 (priest)
Consecration 1985
Personal details
Born (1934-08-08) 8 August 1934
Denomination Anglican
Parents Prof. Robert & Kathleen Parnell
Spouse wife (m. 1963)
Children 2 daughters
Profession Academic (liturgy)
Alma mater Lincoln College, Oxford

Colin Ogilvie Buchanan (born 8 August 1934) is a retired Anglican bishop of the Church of England. Buchanan was the Bishop of Aston from 1985 until 1989[1][2] and then, after time as the Vicar of St Mark's Gillingham, Kent,[3] the area Bishop of Woolwich.

Buchanan was educated at Whitgift School and Lincoln College, Oxford.[4] Ordained in 1962 he was a curate in Cheadle, Greater Manchester, after which he was successively librarian, registrar and finally (before his ordination to the episcopate) principal of St John's College, Nottingham. He is married with two children[5] and in retirement is an honorary assistant bishop in the Diocese of Bradford.

Selected Works


  1. Crockford's Clerical Directory 2008/2009 Lambeth, Church House Publishing ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0
  2. Then John Michael Austin Crockfords (ibid)
  3. St Mark's Church, Gillingham
  4. "Buchanan, Rt Rev. Colin Ogilvie", Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edition, Oxford University Press, December 2011 , accessed 4 July 2012
  5. Debrett's People of Today London, 2008 Debrett's, ISBN 978-1-870520-95-9

Further reading

Church of England titles
Preceded by
Michael Whinney
Bishop of Aston
Title next held by
John Austin
Preceded by
Peter Hall
Bishop of Woolwich
Succeeded by
Christopher Chessun

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