Details of FREDERICK JAMES DARRAH

Born: c1805

Died: 1837

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

Biography: FREDERICK JAMES DARRAH was an Irish clergyman; he was described in the India List as a Bachelor of Arts, and on his memorial tablet in St. Mark's, Madras, he is denominated a Master of Arts, but it cannot be discovered at what University he took these degrees. He was appointed in 1826. After working at Vizagapatam and Secunderabad for seven years, he was brought to the Presidency on the recommendation of Archdeacon Robinson in 1833 to be Chaplain of Black Town. It is characteristic of the man, and a sufficient proof that he was active in his ministry, that when he died four years later he was Chaplain of the Military Female Orphan Asylum, Hon. Sec, of the S.P.G., President of the Philanthropic Association, President of the Friend in Need Society, and Chaplain and educational manager of the Civil Male and Female Orphan Asylums in Black Town. He was cut off suddenly in the midst of his activities. His wife died of cholera on September 25, 1837, and he succumbed to the same disease four days later. The parishioners erected a tablet to his memory in St. Mark's Church. In his will he provided for his mother Ann Darrah, his sister Elizabeth Shanklin, and his two children.