Ernest Morell Blackie (19 August 1867 – 1943) was an Anglican bishop in the 20th century.

Blackie was born in Leamington Spa[1] and educated at Cheltenham Grammar School and the University of London.[2] Ordained in 1891, he was a curate at St Mark's Gloucester and then a minor canon at Rochester Cathedral until 1900. He later became the rector of Limpsfield and then St Paul's York Place, Edinburgh before becoming the vicar of Windsor and an Honorary Chaplain to the King. From 1921 to 1937 he was a residentiary canon at Lincoln Cathedral and for seven years a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Lincoln (five as Suffragan Bishop of Grantham and two as Bishop of Grimsby[3]) before his final appointment as Dean of Rochester,[4] a position he held until his death in 1943.

In 1903 Blackie married Caroline Stewart, daughter of James Haldane Stewart Jr. and Emily Leveson-Gower of Titsey Place. Her father was the son of James Haldane Stewart senior (the 19th century ecumenical prelate) and Mary Dale, daughter of David Dale. Emily Leveson-Gower was a member of one of Britain's most aristocratic families and was a descendant of Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, Edmund Beaufort, 4th Duke of Somerset, Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of Somerset, Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, Henry Cavendish, 2nd Duke of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Clarence, Thomas Tufton, 6th Earl of Thanet, George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick or Warwick the Kingmaker William Russell, 1st Duke of Bedford and John Manners, 1st Duke of Rutland, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex as well as Henry VII of England and James V of Scotland.


Blackie and his wife had five surviving children:

  • John Haldane Blackie (1904–1986)
  • Pauline Margaret Blackie (1906–1994) who married Charles William Fane, the son of Colonel William Vere Reeve King-Fane
  • Christopher J. M. Blackie (1908–1994)
  • Diana K. Blackie (1912–1917)
  • Alice R. F. Blackie (1914–2002)


  1. ^ 1881 Census
  2. ^ “Who was Who” 1897–1990 London, A & C Black, 1991 ISBN 0-7136-3457-X
  3. ^ "Bishops Suffragan Appointments To Grimsby And Grantham", The Times, 25 July 1935
  4. ^ Ecclesiastical News New Dean Of Rochester The Times Thursday, 19 August 1943; p. 7; Issue 49628; col B
Church of England titles
Preceded by
John Edward Hine
Bishop of Grantham
Succeeded by
Arthur Ivan Greaves
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Grimsby
Preceded by
Francis Underhill
Dean of Rochester
Succeeded by
Thomas Crick