The Very Rev. Michael McCausland Gibbs

Born1900 Banbury Road, Oxford
Died1962 Chester
FatherRev. Reginald Gibbs (1867 – 1940)
MotherLucia McCausland (1869 – 1940)

Life Events

1926Married Edith Marjorie Ward in Long Wittenham, Berkshire
1927Birth of son Dr. Denis Dunbar Gibbs
1929Birth of son John Michael Gibbs
1932Birth of daughter Mary Elizabeth Gibbs
1934Birth of son Peter McCausland Gibbs
1940Death of father Rev. Reginald Gibbs
1940Death of mother Lucia McCausland
1942Birth of daughter Bridget Anne Susan Gibbs

Biography and Notes

Baptised privately at Banbury Road, Oxford 1st September, and baptised privately there 21 September, and received into the Church 11 October 1900 at Clifton Hampden. Educated at Lancing College (scholar) 1914-19; matric. Oxford (Keble College) Michaelmas 1919, BA 1922, MA 1927. Student at Cuddesdon Theology College 1924. Memorial in Chester Cathedral.

In Lancing College 1st Cricket XI. Rowed in the Keble College VIII and rowed in the Oxford Trial VIII for selection for the University crew. Member of Oxford University Dramatic Society. Assistant master at Edgeborough, Guildford, 1922-4 (his prep. school before Lancing). Cuddesdon Theological College 1924-5. Ordained Deacon at Southwark 1925; Priest 1926. Curate of St. Mary, Putney, 1925-7. Assistant Priest of the Cathedral Chapel at Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia 1928-34; Sub-Dean of the Cathedral 1934. Rector of Bulawayo 1936-41; 1937 Archdeacon of Matabeleland. Rector of St. Saviour's, Claremont, Cape Town, 1941-47; Canon of Cape Town Cathedral 1946. Dean and Rector of St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town 1947-54. Dean of Chester 1954-62.

Chairman of the Transvaal and Southern Rhodesian Mission; Vice-President of the South African Church Institute; Chairman of the Missionary Council of Chester Diocese; Member of Convocation of York; Member of Church Assembly; Governor of the King's School and of the Queen's School, Chester; President of the Chester Rotary Club. Fostered contacts and understanding between the Clergy and the Medical Profession.
While he was Dean of Cape Town, building works were started to complete the south side of the cathedral and nave. These were finished in 1963.
Much of his time was devoted to spiritual counsel and direction, individually, through retreats, and helping others in need.

Interests: Fishing, acting, singing, walking, and as a young man, shooting. He was a very good shot, trained by Charlie Woodley, his Cousin Alban's (keeper at Clifton Hampden. A very good tennis player.

Memorials: Window in the north wall of Cape Town Cathedral; Memorial in the chapel of Ranche House College, Salisbury, Rhodesia, where his son John Michael was the first principal. Nave stalls in Chester Cathedral, dedicated on 18 June 1966. Grave stone in the floor, east side of south transept of Chester Cathedral.