John Willis (bishop)

John Willis
Bishop of Uganda
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John Willis, photographed c. 1910–15
DioceseDiocese of Uganda
In office1912–1934
PredecessorAlfred Tucker
SuccessorCyril Stuart
Other post(s)assistant bishop in Leicester
Personal details
Born(1872-01-08)8 January 1872
Died12 November 1954(1954-11-12) (aged 82)

John Jamieson Willis CBE (8 November 1872 – 12 November 1954) was an Anglican bishop, Bishop of Uganda from 1912 to 1934 and subsequently Assistant Bishop of Leicester. He and William George Peel, Bishop of Mombasa, were accused of heresy during the Kikuyu controversy.


Born on 8 November 1872, the second son of Sir William Willis, Accountant-General of the Navy, and great-grandson of Joseph Tucker, Surveyor of the Navy Willis was educated at Haileybury and Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he took a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1894, Cambridge Master of Arts (MA Cantab) in 1899, and Doctor of Divinity (DD) in 1912. He was ordained in 1895 and began his career with a curacy in Great Yarmouth. Then he began a long period of service as a CMS missionary in Africa eventually becoming Archdeacon of Kavirondo before his appointment to the episcopate in 1912. In 1934 he returned to England to be Assistant Bishop of Leicester. He died on 12 November 1954.

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