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BETHUNE, Alexander Neil, Canadian bishop, born in Williamstown, county of Glengarry, Ontario, in August 1800; died in Toronto in February 1879. His family was of Scottish origin, and had settled in Canada with a band of U. E. loyalists in 1783. He received his early educational training at Cornwall grammar-school, but, the war of 1812 breaking up this school, he resumed his studies in Montreal, where his parents then resided. Acting for some time as classical tutor, he was admitted to deacon's orders in 1823, and in the year following was ordained priest. After spending a few years in Grimsby, he became rector of Cobourg, in 1847 was appointed archdeacon of York, and in 1867 was consecrated coadjutor bishop in St. James's cathedral, Toronto, it being provided at the time of his consecration that he should succeed Bishop Strachan on the death of the latter. While at Cobourg he edited a Church newspaper, and subsequently wrote several works, the most important of which is a "Memoir of the Right Reverend John Strachan, died D., LL.D., First Bishop of Toronto." *His son, Charles James Stewart, clergyman, born in West Flamboro', Ontario, 11 August 1838, was educated at private schools at Cobourg, and at Upper Canada College, and was graduated at Trinity College, Toronto, in 1859. He was ordained a priest in the Church of England in 1852, and, after officiating as curate and rector for several years, was, in September 1870, appointed head master of Trinity College school at Port Hope. He has given much attention to scientific subjects, and was one of the founders of the entomological society of Canada, and its president from 1870 till 1875. He was entomological editor of the "Canada Farmer" for nine years, and editor of the "Canadian Entomologist" from its beginning in 1868 till 1873. He has written on practical and scientific entomology, and has contributed to the yearly report on insects presented to the provincial legislature. He is a fellow of the American association for the advancement of science.
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