Cosmo Gordon Lang Baron Lang of Lambeth Scotland England

Biography of Cosmo Gordon Lang Baron Lang of Lambeth

Cosmo Gordon Lang
Cosmo Gordon Lang

William Cosmo Gordon Lang, Baron Lang of Lambeth (1864-1945) was a graduate of the University who became Archbishop of Canterbury. He was awarded an honorary DD in 1907.

Born in Fyvie, Lang was a pupil of Park School in Glasgow and matriculated to study at the University at the age of fourteen. He graduated MA in 1884 and went to Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first in History (1886) and was President of the Oxford Union (1883). Abandoning his earlier plans to become a barrister, he was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1891.

Lang was consecrated Bishop of Stepney in 1901, Archbishop of York in 1908 and Archbishop of Canterbury in 1928. He retired in 1942, when he was created a baron.


Cosmo Gordon Lang Baron Lang of Lambeth
Archbishop of Canterbury

Born 31 October 1864, Fyvie, Scotland.
Died 5 December 1945.
GU Degrees: MA, 1884; DD, 1907;
University Link: Graduate
Occupation categories: clergy
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P162311
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Record last updated: 7th Jan 2019

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