Linton Smith

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Linton Smith

Bishop of Rochester
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ChurchChurch of England
DioceseDiocese of Rochester
Term ended1940
PredecessorJohn Harmer
SuccessorChristopher Chavasse
Other postsBishop of Hereford
Bishop of Warrington
Consecrationc. 1918
Personal details
Born(1869-07-04)4 July 1869
Died7 October 1950(1950-10-07) (aged 81)
ParentsJames Allan Smith
SpouseKathleen Dewe
Childrensome children
Alma materHertford College, Oxford

Martin Linton Smith, DSO[1] (4 July 1869 – 7 October 1950) was an Anglican bishop who served in three dioceses during the first half of the twentieth century.


Smith was born into a clerical family[2] and educated at Repton and Hertford College, Oxford.[3] Ordained priest in 1894 he was a curate at four parishes before securing his own incumbency at Colchester in 1902. By now married to Kathleen Dewe with a young family, he gained experience in Liverpool eventually becoming a Cathedral Canon. His finest hour, however, was the First World War where he gained the DSO for his sterling work at The Somme, Arras and Ypres.

When peace came he was raised to the episcopate, firstly for two years as the suffragan Bishop of Warrington; then translated[4] to the more senior post of diocesan Bishop of Hereford in 1920, serving there for a decade; and, finally, a further nine years as Bishop of Rochester. Retiring to Cheltenham in 1940 he died after a long life “rich in service”.[1]


  1. ^ a b The Times, 9 October 1950; p. 6, "Bishop Linton Smith former Bishop of Rochester"
  2. ^ His father was the Very Revd James Allan Smith, Dean of St David’s Cathedral
  3. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  4. ^ New Suffragan Bishop. (Official Appointments and Notices) The Times 29 July 1920; p. 12


Lambeth and Reunion: An Interpretation of the Mind of the Lambeth Conference of 1920, with Frank Theodore Woods and Martin Linton Smith (London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 1921).

Church of England titles
New title Bishop of Warrington
Succeeded by
Edwin Kempson
Preceded by
Hensley Henson
Bishop of Hereford
Succeeded by
Charles Lisle Carr
Preceded by
John Harmer
Bishop of Rochester
Succeeded by
Christopher Chavasse