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SHORT , THOMAS VOWLER ( 1790 - 1872 ), bishop of S. Asaph ;

b. at Dawlish , 16 Sept. 1790 , son of archdeacon William Short . From Exeter and Westminster schools he went to Christ Church , Oxford , where he graduated (with a double first) in 1813 , became Student of the College, and was occupied in teaching and administration till 1823 . He then took successive livings, until in 1841 he became bishop of Sodor and Man . In 1846 he was translated to S. Asaph . He resigned his see 8 Jan. 1870 , and d. 13 April 1872 at Gresford vicarage; he was buried at S. Asaph . [He had m. ( 1833 ) Mary , daughter of Charles Davies and widow of J.J. Conybeare .] His numerous publications were on theological and educational subjects . Education was perhaps his main interest, and he contributed liberally from his official and private income towards building schools in his diocese ; at the close of his episcopate, no parish in S. Asaph diocese was without a school. Methods of teaching also attracted his attention; in particular, he had school books prepared in which Welsh and English lessons were printed on opposite pages, though he himself was a monoglot Englishman .


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • Thomas , A History of the Diocese of St. Asaph ;
  • A. G. Edwards , Landmarks in the History of the Welsh Church (1912) ;
  • manuscripts in S. Asaph palace library.


Bishop William Thomas Havard, M.C., T.D., M.A., D.D., (1890-1956), Abergwili / St Davids

Published date: 1959