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The Indian Ecclesiastical Establishment was created in 1813. Sees of Madras and Bombay were added to that of Calcutta in 1833 [1] These Chaplains were initially employees of the East India Company, and continued as employees of the Governments of the Presidencies of Bengal, Madras and Bombay.


  • British Library "Help for researchers" Chaplains and other clergymen. Some of the records are common to, and are detailed in Indian Civil Service
  • As an example, the 1902 India Office List shows the separately listed Bengal, Madras and Bombay Ecclesiastical Establishments.
  • Anglican Clerical Lists and Directories
    • The Clergy List published by George Cox, London. Editions for 1841, 1851, 1866 and 1868, the latter three volumes of which include India, are available online, refer Historical books online below.
    • Crockford's Clerical Directory. First published in 1858. Biographical details of Anglican clergy in Great Britain. Those listed may have been actively working, or may have retired. Biographies would only be removed when a person died. There appears to be limited information about India, so these Directories are probably of most value for those clergy who have returned to Britain.
      • Some of the earlier editions are available online, refer Historical books online below.
      • Ancestry, in the category Schools, Directories & Church Histories, includes a database “UK, Crockford's Clerical Directories”[2] consisting of six Directories, for 1868, 1874, 1885, 1898, 1908 and 1932 (the first two of which are also available as online books). Available to search and browse.
    • The Clergy of the Church of England Database 1540-1835 (CCEd). Includes a limited number of entries with the location classified as Asia, including India.
  • FamilySearch microfilm series "Licensing papers, 1660-1858", catalogue entry. “Papers include certificates of appointment, testimonials and nominations, relating to the licensing of curates, lecturers, chaplains (including East India Company and foreign chaplains)….” Microfilm of original manuscripts in Guildhall Library, London, now in the London Metropolitan Archives. Some of these records have been digitized (all are expected to be, in due course) and may be viewed at a FamilySearch Centre on a FamilyHistory computer, see FamilySearch Centres for more details.

FIBIS resources

  • Review of The Chaplains of the East India Company, 1601-1858 by Daniel O’Connor 2012. Review by Richard Morgan FIBIS Journal Number 27 (Spring 2012), page 53. Refer FIBIS Journals for details of how to access this review.

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Historical books online

He arrived in India 1856. Appointed to Lucknow. Wounded and died during the Siege of Lucknow July 1857.
1860 Hathi Trust Digital Library, 1861 Appendix, consisting of additions to the 1860 edition, 1865 Third Issue, 1868 Fourth Issue, 1872 Sixth Issue, 1874 Seventh Issue.
Volumes for 1885, 1898, 1908 and 1932 are available on Ancestry, refer above, to browse as a book (and search)