John William Bewick was born 20 April 1824, in Ministeracres, as the son of a Northumberland gamekeeper.
Bishop Bewick was ordained to the priesthood on 27 May 1850.
He was appointed as Bishop of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle on 25 September 1882.
His consecration to the Episcopate took place on 18 October 1882. The principal consecrator was Cardinal Henry Edward Manning, Archbishop of Westminster.
He was the third Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle.
Bishop Bewick died in office in Tynemouth on 29 October 1886, aged 62.
He was buried at Ashburton Cemetery, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.
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