David Young (bishop)

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The Right Reverend
David Young
Bishop of Ripon
Diocese Diocese of Ripon
In office 1977–1999
Predecessor Hetley Price
Successor John Packer
as Bishop of Ripon & Leeds
Other posts Archdeacon of Huntingdon
Ordination 1959 (deacon); 1960 (priest)
Consecration 21 September 1977
Personal details
Born (1931-09-02)2 September 1931
Poona, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died 10 August 2008(2008-08-10) (aged 76)
Denomination Anglican
Spouse Rachel Lewis
m. 1962; dec. 1966
Jane Havill
m. 1967
Children 4 sons; 1 daughter
Profession Academic in divinity
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford

David Nigel de Lorentz Young CBE (2 September 1931 – 10 August 2008) was the last Bishop of Ripon before the diocese became Ripon and Leeds. At his appointment at the age of 46 he was the youngest diocesan bishop of the Church of England.[1][2]

He was a supporter of women priests, but opposed to active homosexual priests and same-sex marriages.[1][2] He had special knowledge of Eastern religions (especially Buddhism) and languages, which he used in his interfaith work,[2][3] and was particularly concerned with education.[3]

Early life, education and military career

Born in Poona, then in the Bombay Presidency of British India, the son of an Indian Army brigadier, David Young returned to the UK for his education at Wellington College, Berkshire.[1] He then did National Service in the Royal Engineers, being commissioned as a second lieutenant on 21 October 1950,[4] He completed his active duty on 15 October 1951 when he transferred to the Supplementary Reserve of Officers,[5] and went up to Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied Mathematics, gaining a first class degree.[3] He was promoted acting lieutenant on 6 July 1952,[6] and this was made substantive on 2 September 1954,[7] and his National Service ended on 23 September 1955.[8]

Ecclesiastical and academic career

Young worked in industry as a research mathematician with Plessey before deciding to take Holy Orders via study at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.[1] He worked as a curate in Liverpool and London, then went to the School of Oriental and African Studies to study Sanskrit and Pali before going to Sri Lanka with the Church Missionary Society.[1] He became interested in Buddhism, becoming director of Buddhist Studies at Lanka Theological College in Kandy.[1] Returning to England in 1967 following the death of his first wife, he became lecturer in Buddhist Studies at Manchester University.[3]

In 1970 he was appointed vicar of Burwell, Cambridgeshire. He lectured part-time in the Faculty of Divinity of Cambridge University.[1][3] He briefly rejoined the army, holding a commission as a Chaplain to the Forces, 4th Class in the Territorial Army section of the Royal Army Chaplains' Department between 21 November 1972 and 5 September 1975.[9][10] In 1975, he was appointed Archdeacon of Huntingdon, and vicar of Great Gidding, then in 1977, briefly rector of Hemingford Abbots and an honorary canon before his nomination as Bishop of Ripon.[1][11] He retired in 1999, having been diagnosed with bone marrow cancer.[2]


In 1962, he married his first wife Rachel Lewis (who died in a car crash in 1966),[2] with whom he had a son and a daughter. In 1967, he married his second wife, Jane Havill, who survived him, and by whom he had three further sons.[1]

Church positions

  • Chair of the Church of England's Board of Education



Young was associated with the United Religions Initiative in the United States' Episcopal Church.[14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i obituary, The Daily Telegraph, p. 29, Issue no 47,651 (16 August 2008)
  2. ^ a b c d e obituary Yorkshire Evening Post 16 August 2008 The Rt Rev David Young
  3. ^ a b c d e Townley, Peter (10 September 2008). "Obituaries—The Rt Rev David Young—Bishop of Ripon with a passion for education". The Guardian. p. 36. Retrieved 10 September 2008.
  4. ^ "No. 39080". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 December 1950. p. 5999.
  5. ^ "No. 39373". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 October 1951. p. 5710.
  6. ^ "No. 39679". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 October 1952. p. 5662.
  7. ^ "No. 40268". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 August 1954. p. 5068.
  8. ^ "No. 40590". The London Gazette (Supplement). 20 September 1955. p. 5347.
  9. ^ "No. 45867". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1973. p. 94.
  10. ^ "No. 46692". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 September 1975. p. 11933.
  11. ^ "No. 47274". The London Gazette. 14 July 1977. p. 9139.
  12. ^ "No. 55710". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1999. p. 11.
  13. ^ Archbishop of York to open Leeds' first academy Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 13 January 2007
  14. ^ "Another Liberal Movement Slowly But Surely Gains Supporters Among Episcopal, Other Anglican Bishops" Archived 25 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine. accessed 13 January 2007

External links

  • Diocese of Ripon and Leeds website
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