Rt Rev Hibbert Binney
Father and mother: Rev Hibbert Binney and Henrietta Amelia Stout
Married: 1855 - Mary Bliss (1830-?)
Career: Hibbert Binney was born 12 August 1819 on Cape Breton Island where his father was rector. The family returned to England with his father becoming rector of Newbury, Berkshire. Hibbert Binney was educated in London and Oxford and admitted to the priesthood in 1843. He was appointed bishop in 1851 at the age of 32. This is likely to have been because he was born in Nova Scotia, but as his biography says "His father had spent most of his life in the colony and he belonged to an old and established Nova Scotia family, but Hibbert had left Nova Scotia at age four and had been educated as an English gentleman." He was the fourth bishop of Nova Scotia.
While Hibbert Binney was being educated in Oxford, he was influenced by the Oxford Movement (also known as the Tractarian Movement). This sought to demonstrate that the Church of England was a direct descendant of the Christian church established by the Apostles. When he became bishop, this brought him into conflict with the puritan and Calvinist leanings of the Nova Scotia clergy. The bishop established a reorganization of the diocese with himself and the synod firmly in control. He also proposed an endowment scheme for the support of the diocesan clergy, rather than the Anglican Church depending on money from the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in England, and by 1880 the financial position of the diocese was secured. See his biography for details of all this.
The Anglican King’s College, Halifax is the oldest English-speaking Commonwealth university outside the United Kingdom. However, in 1851, it lost its favoured status when the provincial legislature passed an act to discontinue its preferential grant, and it looked as if it might collapse. The bishop campaigned both in Britain and in Nova Scotia to raise an endowment for the college which was achieved in 1861. But throughout Binney’s episcopate King’s was plagued by the unwillingness of local Anglicans to support it, lapses in discipline, and loss of scientific equipment, which finally led to the resignation of John Dart, the president, in 1884. In 1881 the provincial government had threatened to withdraw financial support from all the denominational colleges if they would not form a provincial university in Halifax centred around Dalhousie. But Binney managed to rally enough support locally for King's to reopen in 1885. See Edward Binney who also supported King's College.
Bishop Binney died on 30 April 1887 on a visit to New York City. He had been bishop for 36 years.
The wife of the bishop, Mary, was the daughter of William Blowers Bliss, senior puisne judge of the Superior Court of Nova Scotia (see biography from Dictionary of Canadian Biography) and member of the Halifax Club.
Children of the bishop
Many of these details come from the bishop's obituary.
Emily Mary Binney was the oldest child of the bishop. She was born in 1856. She married Captain Belfied in 1882, and had a young daughter. She died in 1883, perhaps from complications due to the birth (see left).
Rev. William Hibbert Binney was born 1857 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He got a degree at Oxford, and the 1881 UK Census shows that he studied theology at Leeds. He became vicar of St Helens Church Witton,Northwich, Cheshire, UK. This website describes a stained glass window in St Helens, a gift from him when Vicar there in 1910. Records from the church say that he was Canon of Chester, Vicar of Witton 1886 to 1913, Fell asleep at Chester May 5 1916. The account of his sister's marriage (below) describes him as a rural dean.
Rev. John Edward Hibbert Binney (see right) was born in 1862 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The 1881 UK Census shows that he was a scholar in Winchester College, Winchester, and he got a degree at Oxford. His marriage record says that he married Beatrice E. L. Almond in 1818, when he was 25 and she was 26. His residence at time of marriage was Litchfield, England, and hers was Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her parents were William and Bessie Almond, and her father's profession is given as 'Medicine'. These archives from the Erewash Museum in Ilkeston say that his wife was Beatrice Elizabeth Lichtenstein, daughter of William Johnstone Almon, Senator of Canada. She died on December 11th 1911. Rev. John Edward Binney became Vicar of Holy Trinity, Ilkeston,UK in 1888. The 1901 census entry gives their address as Cotmanhay Road, Ilkeston, and their children: Mary Elizabeth (10) Laleah Almon (8) and Edward Hibbert (4), who were all born in Wolverhampton. This website says that Edward Hibbert Binney, Captain, Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment), died 11 October 1917, aged 21. Son of the late Rev. John E. H. Binney. Buried on North side, close to tower, St. Chad Churchyard, Wybunbury, Cheshire.
Helen Francis Binney, was born 1859. She married Rev. Henry Lancaster but unfortunately I don't know the year (see left). It was after her father died in 1887, so she must have been about 30.
The youngest daughter Eliza Lucy Binney died 1864 aged only 3.
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