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Nathaniel James Merriman
|Bishop of Grahamstown|
|In office||1871 – 1882|
|Successor||Alan Becher Webb|
|Born||4 April 1809|
|Died||16 August 1882(aged 73)|
|Previous post(s)||Dean of Cape Town|
He was educated at Winchester College and Brasenose College, Oxford; and ordained in 1833. He was curate then Vicar of Street, Somerset until he emigrated to South Africa. He rose to become Archdeacon of Grahamstown then Dean of Cape Town before being elevated the Episcopate.
Conflict arose between Merriman, who was at this time the Bishop of Grahamstown and Frederick Williams, Dean of Grahamstown regarding the status of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa versus the Church of England and the validity of the appointments of bishops. Dean Williams then excluded Bishop Merriman from his Cathedral. This action resulted in many court cases which Williams won.
His son, John X. Merriman, was the last prime minister of the Cape Colony before the formation of the Union of South Africa in 1910. Frederick Merriman, the New Zealand politician was Nathaniel's brother.
He died on 15 August 1882 by being thrown from his carriage "with great violence"
- The Kafirs, the Hottentot, and the Frontier Framers: Passages of Missionary Life from the Journals. George Bell. 1853.
- Shakspeare, As Bearing on English History, Graham's Town: The Committee of the General Institute, 1858
- The Cape Journals of Archdeacon N. J. Merriman, 1848-1855. The Van Riebeeck Society. 1957.
Notes and references
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- "Obituary". The Times (30589). 18 August 1882. p. 8 col C.
- Gould, Charles; Eve, Jeanette (2011). Grahamstown Cathedral: A Guide and Short History. Grahamstown Diocesan Registry. pp. A:24. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
- Valley, D. H. (2013). "Bishop Nathaniel James Merriman". South African History Online. South African History Online. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
- "Funeral of Mr. F. W. Merriman". Daily Southern Cross. XXI (2499). 24 July 1865. p. 4. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
- Chidester, David (2014). Religions of South Africa. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-64987-8.
- Goedhals, Mary Mandeville (1982). Nathaniel James Merriman, Archdeacon and Bishop 1849-1882: A Study in Church Life and Government. Grahamstown: Rhodes University.
- Cooper, Charles James (1885). The South African Church Question. The Grahamstown Judgment (New ed.). London: Geo. Barber.
- Whibley, Pauline Megan (1982). Merriman of Grahamstown. Cape Town: Timmins. ISBN 0869782320.