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James Kemp was the second bishop of the Diocese of Maryland, USA from 1816 to 1827.


Kemp, James was born on May 20, 1764 in Keith Hall, Scotland. Son of Donald and Isabel Kemp.


Graduate Marischal College, Aberdeen, Scotland, 1786. Honorary Doctor of Divinity, Columbia.


He emigrated to Maryland in 1787, and lived with a family in Dorchester County. The next August, Kemp became rector of Great Choptank Parish, in Cambridge, Maryland, the county seat of Dorchester County. The following year, Kemp was elected suffragan bishop and consecrated on September 1, 1814, serving under elderly Bishop Thomas J. Claggett and overseeing the parishes on the Eastern Shore.

His consecrators included:\r\nThe Right Reverend John Henry Hobart, third bishop of New York\r\nThe Right Reverend Richard Channing Moore, second bishop of Virginia\r\nHe succeeded bishop Claggett on the latter's death in 1816. Kemp died of injuries received in a stage coach accident returning from the consecration of Assistant Bishop Henry Onderdonk in Philadelphia. He was buried in the cemetery of Old St. Paul's Church in Baltimore.


Married Elizabeth Noel, 1790, 3 children.

Donald Kemp

Isabel Kemp

Elizabeth Noel