Source: Chaplains in the HEICS 1836-58 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: JOHN ROWLANDSON was born in 1811; he was the younger son of the Rev. Michael Eowlandson, Vicar of Warminster, Wilts; he graduated B.A. in classical honours from Queen's College, Oxford, in 1832, and proceeded M.A. in 1840. He was appointed a Chaplain by the Directors of the East India Company in 1840. He served at Poonamallee 1840-44, and Quilon 1844-47, when he returned home on medical certificate. He did not return to India at the end of his furlough, but became Vicar of Kirby Moorside in 1851. He resigned the Company's service in 1853, and died in 1856 at his vicarage. John Row landson had relatives in the Company's service, so that his family was well known in the Diocese. Both he and his brother, General Rowlandson, of the Madras Artillery, were popular in society owing to their charming manners.