Source: Chaplains in the HEIC 1805 to 1835 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: VINCENT SHORTLAND was born in Oxfordshire. He entered as a Fellow Commoner at St. Catherine's College, Cambridge, in 1830, but left the University without taking a degree. This he afterwards regretted, and in 1842, during his first furlough from India, he passed the necessary theological examination and took the degree of B.D. He obtained a Chaplaincy in 1832, and arrived at Madras in 1833. During the next seven years he served for short periods at Trichinopoly, Bellary, Bangalore, Quilon, and Vizagapatam. At Trichinopoly and Bangalore he left voluminous correspondence in the Letter Books, for at both stations he had to contend. On returning from furlough in 1843 he was posted to St. Thomas Mount, and came under the special notice of Bishop Spencer. By him he was appointed Archdeacon in 1847, and he retained this office till his retirement in 1859. On his return to England he did not undertake any regular cure of souls. He lived in Guernsey and died there in 1890.