Source: Chaplains in the Jurisdiction of the Presidency of Fort St George from 1647 to 1805 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: JOSHUA DARLEY was born in 1642; he was the eldest son of Eichard Darley of York, and was born at Wilton Bishops in that county; he was educated at the Pocklington and Coxwold Schools; he matriculated at Sidney Sussex College Cambridge in 1660; graduated B.A. in 1663-4, M.A. 1667; was elected a Fellow in the same year; became Greek Lecturer 1668 and Dean of the College in 1669. He was appointed by the Directors Chaplain of the Bay at the end of 1673, and arrived at Hugli in August 1674. Though he was the third Chaplain designated for this rising and growing agency by the Directors, he was the first to reach the settlement and take spiritual charge of it. Part of his duty was to visit periodically the smaller agencies subordinate to the Hugli Agent and Council. These duties he fulfilled for two years. In August 1676 he was accidentally drowned in the river; being the sixth Chaplain under the Presidency of Fort St. George to die in India.