Details of WILLIAM AMBOOR KEATING

Born: 1779

Died: 1820

Source: Chaplains in the HEIC 1805 to 1835 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)

Biography: WILLIAM AMBOOR KEATING was born in 1779 at Amboor in the North Arcot District, being the son of Lieut. Colonel William Cooper Keating, an officer belonging to the Madras Military Establishment of the Hon. Company's Service. He matriculated at Merton College, Oxford, in 1798, but did not proceed to a degree. He was appointed a Chaplain in 1808. His first station was Trichinopoly. The heat there was more than he could bear and he had to take furlough in 1810. On his return to India he officiated for a short time at Poonamallee, and in 1813 he was appointed Chaplain of St. Mary's, Fort St. George, in succession to Vaughan and Thompson, who were transferred to St. George s. These two retained the titles and the emoluments of their office as Senior and Junior Presi dency Chaplains, and Keating was the first Chaplain of the Fort after the appointment had been shorn of half its honour and glory. In 1820 he was attacked by cholera whilst conducting the morning parade service, and he died the same evening, aged forty-one. Keating's remains rest in St. Mary's burial-ground.