Details of WALTER POSTHUMUS POWELL

Born: 1805

Died: >1851

Source: Chaplains in the HEICS 1836-58 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)

Biography: WALTER POSTHUMUS POWELL was born in 1805, being the son of the Rev. W. Powell of Bromsgrove, in the county of Worcester. He was a Scholar of Worcester College, Oxford, and graduated B.A. in 1828, having obtained a third class in classical honours. He proceeded M.A. in 1831; passed the Law test and took the degrees of B.C.L. and D.C.L. in 1836; and was appointed Headmaster of Clitheroe Grammar School. In 1841 he was appointed a Chaplain in the Company's service. He served in Madras 1841-44, Bellary 1844-47, St. Thomas Mount 1847-49, and Fort St. George 1849-53, when he died. He was the editor of the Madras Christian Herald in 1843 and inserted a paragraph from a Ceylon paper reflecting on Bishop Spencer, who complained to the Government and the Directors. The Board dealt with the complaint, and at the Bishop's request, ruled that Chaplains were to disconnect themselves from the press, and directed the Madras Government to move Powell to another station. When Bishop Spencer went home in 1847 the Government brought Dr. Powell back to St. Thomas Mount, and in 1849 appointed him Chaplain of Fort St. George. In 1843 he became a member by invitation of the corresponding committee of the C.M.S., but in the following year this connection ceased. In the year 1849 he became a member of the S.P.G. diocesan committee, and in 1851 he became Secretary of the S.P.C.K. Dr. Powell was popular both as a preacher and a parish priest. After his death his friends in Madras erected a tablet to his memory in the Fort Church.