Robert Milman

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Robert Milman
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Robert Milman (25 January 1816 – 15 February 1876) was an Anglican bishop[1] in the second half of the 19th century.[2]

He was born at Easton in Gordano, Somerset the third son of Sir William George Milman, Bt., of Levaton in Devonshire and was educated as a day-scholar at Westminster School. He entered Exeter College, Oxford where he graduated B.A. in 1838, and M.A and D.D. in 1867.[3]

In 1839 he was ordained in the Anglican ministry as a deacon to the curacy of Winwick, Northamptonshire, and in 1840 was presented a priest in 1840 to the vicarage of Chaddleworth, Berkshire, by the dean and chapter of Westminster, on the nomination of his uncle, then canon of Westminster.[3] There he had daily service and wrote a Life of Tasso and some smaller books. In 1851 he exchanged Chaddleworth for the larger living of Lambourn, also in Berkshire. He served as the vicar of Lambourn, Berkshire from 1851 to 1862 and then as vicar of Great Marlow, Berkshire from 1862 to 1867.[3]

He was consecrated as the Bishop of Calcutta in 1867[3] and moved there with his sister in March of that year. His diocese, which at that date included the Central Provinces, the Punjaub on the west, and British Burma on the east, extended over nearly a million square miles. A fluent linguist, he learnt to speak in Bengali, Hindustani, Hindi, and several related dialects.

He caught a chill when travelling from Calcutta to Peshawur and died at Rawul Pindi in February 1876. He had never married.[4]

He was the author of a number of publications:[3]

  • Life of Tasso, 2 volumes, 1848.
  • The Way through the Desert, 1850.
  • Mediations of Confirmation (a Tract), 3 editions.
  • Love of the Atonement, 2 editions.


  1. ^ The Times, Saturday, 3 April 1880; pg. 9; Issue 29846; col G The Late Bishop Milman
  2. ^ Anglican History
  3. ^ a b c d e Crockford's Clerical Directory (4th ed.). London: Horace Cox, 10, Wellington-street, Strand, W.C. 1868. p. 785. Retrieved 19 March 2015. 
  4. ^ The Times, Tuesday, 21 March 1876; pg. 10; Issue 28582; col A Court Circular
Church of England titles
Preceded by
George Edward Lynch Cotton
Bishop of Calcutta
Succeeded by
Edward Ralph Johnson