A. E. Cowley

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Alfred Edmeads Cowley (1849–1916) was a Church Missionary Society missionary to Sindh Mission or Karachi Mission – then-part of Western India before the independence in 1947.[1][2][3]


Cowley was born in 1849 at Fairford, Rupert's Land—then-part of British North America, and now part of Canada. Having ordained deacon on 25 February 1872, he was sent as a Church Missionary Society (CMS) missionary to Karachi, chief station of Sindh Mission in 1872, where he served till 1876 – Sindh Mission was begun in 1850 as a mission to Muslims after the Sindh Province was annexed by British Raj in 1843 – In 1852, a school was started on own expense by Colonel Preedy, the first magistrate of Karachi; later, that school came as a gift to CMS in running the school after his transfer – James Sheldon was the first CMS missionary to Sindh Mission in 1854.[1][2][3][4][5][6]

On account of ill health, he returned to England on 14 February 1876, but was later transferred to North-West America to assist his aged-father. Between 1876 and 1881, he was an incumbent for St. Clement's Church, Mapleton – St. Clement's Church became independent of the CMS in 1879. In 1879, he married Hart Davies, principal of Principal of the Ladies' College in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In spite of receiving an offer to return to India in 1880, but could not be carried into effect.[1][2]

He was made an Honorary Canon in 1910 after serving in positions like—he served as rector of St. James, Winnipeg—Assiniboine, and later at Headingly between 1884 and 1911 – served as assistant secretary of CMS from 1881 to 1887 and CMS's co-secretary from 1887 to 1889 – served as rural dean of Selkirk, Manitoba from 1888 until 1911.[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d "HISTOIRE ADMINISTRATIVE/NOTICE BIOGRAPHIQUE". archivescanada.ca. Alfred Edmeads Cowley served as a Missionary in Karachi, Sindh, Western India from 1872 to 1876. Retrieved July 21, 2012.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b c d "Alfred Edmeads Cowley". nanna.lib.umanitoba.ca. Retrieved July 21, 2012. "Alfred Edmeads Cowley was born at Fairford, Rupert's Land in 1849. He was ordained Deacon on February 25, 1872, and Priest on September 24, 1876 by Archbishop of Canterbury. He served as a Missionary in Karachi, Sindh, Western India from 1872 to 1876." 
  3. ^ a b Church Missionary Society (1855). Missionary register, Volume 43. Harvard University (Seeley, Jackson, & Halliday). pp. 111–112. 
  4. ^ THE CHURCH MISIONARY INTELGENCER. Oxford University. 1854. p. 258. 
  5. ^ Neill, Stephen (2002). A History of Christianity in India: 1707–1858. Cambridge University Press. p. 272. ISBN 978-0-521-89332-9. 
  6. ^ Brown, Pauline A. (2006). Jars of Clay:Ordinary Christians on an Extraordinary Mission in Southern Pakistan. Doorlight Publications. p. 5. ISBN 978-0-9778372-0-5. 

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