William Thompson (bishop)

The Rt Rev William Jameson Thompson, CBE, DD (27 October 1885 – 17 November 1975) was a long-serving Anglican bishop[1] who spent much of his career in Iran (then Persia).[2]

Educated at Monkton Combe School [3] and Trinity College, Cambridge, he served in the Great War as an officer in the Royal Engineers. Ordained in 1921,[4] he was initially principal of the Stuart Memorial College, Isfahan[5] then archdeacon of the area until his elevation to the episcopate as the third Anglican bishop of Iran in 1935. He retired in 1960[6] and died 15 years later.

William Thompson's daughter, Margaret, married Hassan Dehqani-Tafti, who succeeded him as Bishop in Iran; their daughter in turn, Guli Francis-Dehqani, is to become the first bishop of Loughborough.


  1. National Church Institutions Database of Manuscripts and Archives
  2. National Archives
  3. “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. Crockford's Clerical Directory1940-41 Oxford, OUP,1941
  5. Encyclopaedia Iranica
  6. The Times, Thursday, 8 Sep 1960; pg. 14; Issue 54871; col B Ecclesiastical News Bishop In Iran To Retire
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
James Henry Linton
Anglican Bishop in Iran
Succeeded by
Hassan Barnaba Dehqani-Tafti

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