Source: Chaplains in the HEICS 1836-58 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: EDWARD WHITEHEAD was born in 1813. He was the eldest son of the Rev. W. B. Whitehead, who was a Fellow of Worcester College, Oxford, Vicar of Tiverton and Prebendary of Wells. He gained an open scholarship at Wadham College, Oxford; graduated B.A. in 1836, taking a third class in both classical and mathematical honours; proceeded M.A. in 1838; was ordained deacon in 1838 and priest at Madras the following year. In 1838 he was appointed Headmaster of the Vepery (Grammar School by the committee of the S.P.G.; and in the following year he was appointed a Chaplain in the Company's service on the recommendation of Bishop Spencer. He served with the troops at Kamptee from 1839 to 1842; at Arcot from 1842 to 1845, and then became Chaplain to Bishop Spencer. This appointment he retained till both went home in 1847. Whilst in Madras he was a member of the S.P.C.K. and the S.P.G. diocesan committees. In 1847 was originated the system of election to the S.P.G. committee by subscribers. Edward Whitehead was one of the first members to be elected. In 1848 he retired from the Company's service and became Curate of Bath Abbey. In 1850 he became Rector of Saltford, near Bath; in 1855 he returned to Bath as minister of the Laura Chapel; in 1861 he was presented to the vicarage of St. John's, Chichester; and in 1872 to the Rectory of Winchelsea.