The Right Reverend Edward Townson Churton

Diocesan Bishop (1886 - 1900)

The Right Reverend Edward Townson Churton, who was Bishop from 1886 to 1900, followed the Cramer-Roberts family at Addington House. ‘The Lord Edward’ as Bishop Edward Churton came to be known, arrived in Nassau in March 1886, after having been shipwrecked on the voyage out. In April of that year, he wrote how he had brought the Priest from Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera to Addington House so he could receive care for a serious illness. The sick Priest was the Reverend Henry Shuter Crispin whom the Bishop describes as “one of the best and most valued of our clergy”. Fr. Crispin died seven weeks later. Edward Churton was a scholar who brought a new level of intellectual leadership to the Diocese. He was also tireless in his work in building up the Churches in the Family Islands.