Protestant Cemetery (Jerusalem)


In the backyard of the Bishop Gobat School (today Jerusalem University College) is the Protestant Cemetery. 
 
From 1896 until the end of the British Mandate the Protestant community buried its dead here. Many notables of the 19th century are buried here like the first two Protestant bishops; The Right Reverend Michael Solomon ALEXANDER, died 23rd November 1845, the First Protestant Bishop of Jerusalem. 

The Right Reverend Samuel GOBAT, died 11th May 1879. He was Anglican Bishop in Jerusalem from 1846 until his death in 1879. (He was born at Cremines, Bern Canton, Switzerland on 26th January 1799 and became a Lutheran Minister. He spent several years working in Abyssinia before arriving in Malta. He was appointed Vice-Principal of the Malta Protestant College in February 1846, but on 9th April 1846 was appointed to fill the vacant Bishopric at Jerusalem by the King of Prussia). 

The Right Reverend Joseph BARCLAY, died 22nd October 1881, aged 50 years. He was the third Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, and late Rector of Stapleford, Hertfordshire. Conrad Schick, architect and Jerusalem expert; the Spaffords, founders of the American Colony in Jerusalem The writer of the hymn "It Is Well With My Soul", Horatio G. Spafford (1828-1888). Also buried in this cemetery are important archaeologists Sir Flinders Petrie and James Leslie Starkey.

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