Source: SPG Missionaries 1826 to 1835 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: JOHN HEAVYSIDE was the first English-born missionary of the S.P.G. in India; educated at St. Bees; when accepted by the Society in 1829 he was described as of Wakefield in the county of York. He was ordained deacon at London 1829, and priest at St. George's Church, Madras, in 1830; his appointment was that of Headmaster of the Vepery Seminary for Catechists. In 1831 his health failed and he returned to England. He applied for leave to go back to his work, but the Society refused on the ground that the climate was too much for him; but they recommended him to the Colonial Office for an appointment as a colonial Chaplain in South Africa. He was sent to Grahamstown in 1833, and remained there for over a quarter of a century. During that time he built the Church at Fort Beaufort;.