People at St Luke’s: Hugh Otter-Barry

A single small photograph of Ireland at St Luke’s has huge significance, given the close (and in some cases lifelong) associations of the composer with the people captured in it. This is the first of a series of short blogs uncovering the personalities behind the faces.

St Luke's choir whole

One of the young men shown is Hugh Otter-Barry (1887–1971).

Hugh Otter-Barry He arrived at St Luke’s a highly educated man, having studied at Marlborough and at Trinity College,  Cambridge. Ordained in 1910, he became a curate at St Luke’s church, and then a missionary priest in  Queensland. He went on to become CBE, and as the  Rt  Rev Hugh Van Lynden Otter-Barry was the Bishop of Mauritius from 1931. Some images of him in this role are held in the University of Cambridge library. He returned to England in 1959 where he worked as Assistant Bishop within the Diocese of Peterborough until his death.

A primary school in Mauritius, in the town of  Curepipe, is named after Otter-Barry:

Hugh Otter Barry Government school


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