Details of THOMAS ROBINSON

Born: 1790

Died: 1873

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

Biography: THOMAS ROBINSON was born in 1790, being the son of the Rev. Thomas Robinson, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, and Vicar of St. Mary's, Leicester. He was educated at Rugby; matriculated at Trinity College, Cambridge, 1809, and elected to a scholarship; graduated B.A. 1813 (thirteenth wrangler and second classical medallist) and elected to a Fellowship; M.A. 1816. He was appointed a Chaplain on the Bombay establishment on the nomination of Charles Simeon in 1816, and proceeded at once to India. In 1825 he attracted the notice of Bishop Heber; on becoming his Chaplain he was transferred to the Bengal establishment, and he remained Heber's constant companion till his death. He then preached his funeral sermon at St. John's, Trichinopoly, and sent a report to the Madras Government as to what was in the Bishop's mind at the time of his death. The Government reverently carried out all the Bishop's wishes. In 1828 he was nominated by Bishop James of Calcutta to the Archdeaconry of Madras, and was transferred to the Madras establishment. He held this appointment till the arrival of the first Bishop of Madras in 1835, when he resigned the Company's Service and returned to England. He died at Kochester in 1873, being one of the Canons of that Cathedral Church. Further details of his distinguished career are to be found in the Dictionary of National Biography.