Ted Luscombe

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The Most Reverend

Ted Luscombe

Lawrence Edward Luscombe Escutcheon.png
Shield of arms[1]
ChurchScottish Episcopal Church
In office1975–1990
PredecessorJohn Sprott
SuccessorRobert Halliday
Other post(s)Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church (1985–1990)
OrdinationMay 1964
by Francis Moncreiffe
Consecration21 June 1975
by Richard Wimbush
Personal details
Born(1924-11-10)10 November 1924
Torquay, Devon, England
Died (aged 97)
Monifieth, Angus, Scotland
ParentsReginald and Winifred Luscombe
Previous post(s)Provost of St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee (1971–1975)
EducationTorquay Boys' Grammar School
Alma materKing's College London
Kelham Theological College

Lawrence Edward Luscombe OStJ (10 November 1924 – 3 May 2022) was a British Anglican bishop and author. He was Bishop of Brechin from 1975 to 1990 and primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church from 1985 to 1990.

Early life and education

Luscombe was educated at Torquay Boys' Grammar School, an all-boys state grammar school in Torquay, Devon. He studied at King's College London and Kelham Theological College.[2]


Early career

Luscombe served in the Indian Army between 1942 and 1945.[3] On 19 March 1944, he was granted an emergency commission as a second lieutenant.[4] On 1 August 1945, he transferred to the Devonshire Regiment of the British Army with the rank of war substantive lieutenant.[5]

Luscombe became an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ACA) in 1952[6] and worked as a chartered accountant until 1963.[2]

Ordained ministry

Luscombe was ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church as a deacon in 1963 and as a priest one year later in 1964.[6] His ecclesiastical career began as a curate at St Margaret's Glasgow after which he was rector of St Barnabas' Paisley.[7] From 1971 to 1975 he was provost of St Paul's Cathedral, Dundee.[6]

In 1975, Luscombe was consecrated a bishop[6] and appointed the 50th Bishop of Brechin.[8] Ten years later he was additionally elected the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, a post he held until his retirement in 1990.[6]

Academic career

After retiring, he became an academic and author. He earned an MPhil and PhD research degrees from the University of Dundee where he remained an honorary research fellow in modern history.[3]

Personal life and death

Luscombe died on 3 May 2022, at the age of 97, after a long illness.[9][10][11]


In May 1981, Luscombe was appointed a Serving Brother of the Venerable Order of St John (SBStJ).[12] In January 1986, he was promoted to Officer of the Venerable Order of St John (OStJ).[13] In 1987 he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University of Dundee.[6][14]

Selected works

  • Matthew Luscombe, Missionary Bishop, 1992
  • A Seminary of Learning, 1994
  • "The Scottish Episcopal Church in the 20th Century, 1996
  • Episcopacy in an Angus Glen, 2003
  • Steps into Freedom, 2004
  • Hands Across the Sea, 2006


  1. ^ "We note with sorrow the death of Bishop Edward "Ted" Luscombe". Lyon Court. Retrieved 8 May 2022.
  2. ^ a b Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 April 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "No. 36641". The London Gazette. 4 August 1944. p. 3630.
  5. ^ "No. 37239". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 August 1945. p. 4324.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Lawrence Edward Luscombe". Crockford's Clerical Directory (online ed.). Church House Publishing. Retrieved 29 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Scottish Episcopal Clergy, 1689-2000" Bertie, D.M: Edinburgh T & T Clark ISBN 0-567-08746-8
  8. ^ "Diocese of Brechin". Archived from the original on 20 July 2011.
  9. ^ Death of Bishop Ted Luscombe, former Primus
  10. ^ LUSCOMBE
  11. ^ Jones, Idris (11 May 2022). "Obituaries: Rt Rev Edward Luscombe, former Bishop of Brechin". The Scotsman. Archived from the original on 12 May 2022. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  12. ^ "No. 48605". The London Gazette. 11 May 1981. pp. 6579–6580.
  13. ^ "No. 50416". The London Gazette. 30 January 1986. pp. 6579–1373.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 September 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by Bishop of Brechin
Succeeded by
Preceded by Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church
Succeeded by
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