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Vicar Welby And Canterbury?

I have not been able to establish a connection with the current Archbishop of Canterbury, but that does not necessarily mean there is none.

Vicar Welby was born in Tollerton, Nottinghamshire and he married Jennie Brown [1896-1972]. They had a son Peter Edin Brown Welby. I am not sure whether Peter was an only child.
Vicar Welby’s father was Abraham Adlard Welby [he was born in Uttoxeter, became rector of Tollerton and died in 1923].

His mother was Bertha Sobranoa – she was born in India and died in 1928 at the age of 82.
Vicar Welby’s grandfather, Aldard Welby, was born in Lincolnshire, became a solicitor, married Clara Flint and died before the turn of the 19th century when well into his 80s.
Vicar Welby had at least three brothers and two sisters. One of his brothers was Richard Martin Welby – Richard’s wife was Euphemia Welby [1891-1987] and I understand that she gave distinguished service during WW2, being Supt. of the Women’s Royal Naval Service [WRNS] from June 1939. She became a CBE on 01/01/1944.

The Archbishop’s website states that his father’s family were German Jewish immigrants who moved to England to escape anti-Semitism in the late 19th century, and integrated quickly. Note well, his British ancestors, on his mother’s side, include several clergymen.


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  1. Denise
    August 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Vicar Welby had a son who was vicar at St Stephen’s, Tudhoe around 12 years ago. He conducted my cousin Joanne’s wedding. I’m not sure of his first name though but during the service he said he was delighted to be doing the service from Joanne from Ushaw Moor. His father had married/christened most of the bride’s family.

    • peter howarth
      August 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      Vicar Welbys son is called Peter, I see him quite regularly as he is inthe same ex service me ns association as me ,and the archbishop is no relation .

  2. August 11, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for your enthusiastic research and prompt reply. I will reply to this later as I must dash as it my turn for duties on a Sunday night at the Club. I will have a nice pint of real ale brewed in Jarrow about 10 o clock when I am finished dealing with cash. No mixing drink and monies.

    Brian Mc.

  3. wilfb
    August 16, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Thank you all. It is almost certain there is no connection. It is true that a son could be wrong about his father’s connection to the archbishop, but on the balance of probabilities it is reasonable to go for a ‘no relation’ verdict.

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