James Chapman (bishop)

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The Rt. Rev. James Chapman

James Chapman (1799–1879)[1][2] was the first Bishop of Colombo (Anglican), in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), serving from 1845 to 1861.[3]

He was educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge, where he graduated Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1823, and Cambridge Master of Arts (MA Cantab) in 1826.[1] He became a Fellow of King's College, one of the Masters of Eton, and Evening Lecturer at Windsor.[1] In 1834, he was appointed to the Rectory of Dunton Wayletts, in Essex, the patronage of which was with King's College. On 7 November 1845, he was consecrated as the first Bishop of Colombo at St Peter's Church, Colombo,[4] and received the degree of Doctor of Divinity (DD) from his University. In 1851 James Chapman founded S. Thomas' College when it was in Mutwal before it relocated to its present site in Mount Lavinia[5][6] He resigned the seat of Colombo in 1861, and was elected a Fellow of Eton College, and was presented by the College in 1863 to the Rectory of Wootton Courtenay, Somerset. In 1868, he was made Prebendary of Warminster in Wells Cathedral. He was the author of occasional Charges, Sermons and Journals.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d Church Bells (July 17, 1875) W. Wells Gardner, Publisher, London
  2. ^ A History of the Church of England in India
  3. ^ S. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia
  4. ^ Lewis, John Penry (1913). Tombs and Monuments in Ceylon. Colombo: H. C. Cottle. 
  5. ^ Reminiscences of a teacher
  6. ^ Hundred and twenty fifth anniversary : St. James Church, Mutwal

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