John Diggle

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John William Diggle (2 March 1847 – 24 March 1920) was an English Anglican bishop.

He was the son of William Diggle, a warehouseman of Pendleton, Lancashire and his wife Nancy Ann née Chadderton. His younger brother, Joseph Diggle (18491917) was to become chairman of the London School Board.[1]

Diggle was educated at Manchester Grammar School.[2] and Merton College, Oxford.[3] He 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 he became Bishop of Carlisle,[7] a post he held[8] until his death on 24 March 1920.[9]

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. 1911 Encyclopaedia
  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
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Wareing Bardsley
Bishop of Carlisle
1905 1920
Succeeded by
Henry Herbert Williams
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