Eyre Chatterton

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The Right Reverend Eyre Chatterton, DD, FRGS (1863–1950) was an eminent Anglican author who served as a Bishop in India from 1903 to 1926, as well as an amateur tennis player.

He was born in Monkstown, County Cork on 22 July 1863 and educated at Haileybury and Trinity College, Dublin.[1] He was ordained by Bishop Lightfoot in 1887,[2] and began his career with a curacy at Holy Trinity, Stockton-on-Tees.[3] He was Head of the Dublin University Mission to Chhöta Nagpur from 1891 to 1900 when he returned briefly to England to be Curate of St Mary Magdalene, Richmond, Surrey. In 1902 it was announced he would become the inaugural Bishop of Nagpur,[4] a post he held for 23 years. He died on 8 December 1950.[5]

Chatterton competed on the amateur tennis tour during the 1880s, and was ranked as World No. 5 for 1885 by Karoly Mazak (and No. 6 the following year).[6]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in December 1901.[7]


  • The Story of Fifty Years’ Mission Work in Chhöta Nagpur, 1913
  • With the Troops in Mesopotamia, 1916
  • History of the Church of England in India since the Early Days of the East India Company, 1924
  • The Church’s Youngest Daughter; India Through a Bishop’s Diary, 1935
  • Alex Wood, Bishop of Nagpur, A Memoir, 1939
  • The Anglican Church in India, 1946


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ "The Clergy List, Clerical Guide and Ecclesiastical Directory" London, Hamilton & Co 1889
  3. ^ Parish web-site
  4. ^ New Bishopric Of Nagpur The Times Monday, 1 December 1902; pg. 6; Issue 36939; col C
  5. ^ Obituary Bishop Eyre Chatterton The Times Monday, 11 December 1950; pg. 4; Issue 51871; col E
  6. ^ Mazak, Karoly (2010). The Concise History of Tennis, p. 13.
  7. ^ "Court circular" The Times (London). Wednesday, 11 December 1901. (36635), p. 9.

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Church of England titles
Preceded by
Inaugural appointment
Bishop of Nagpur
1903– 1926
Succeeded by
Alexander Wood