James Chapman (bishop)

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James Chapman

James Chapman (1799–1879)[1][2] was the first Bishop of Colombo (Anglican), in Sri Lanka (then named Ceylon), 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. In 1845, he was consecrated as the first Bishop of Colombo, and received the degree of Doctor of Divinity (DD) from his University. He resigned the see 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] James Chapman founded S. Thomas' College, Mutwal[4][5]

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