Source: Chaplains in the HEICS 1836-58 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: JOHN GORTON was born in 1819, being the son of John Gorton, of Worksop, in the county of Notts. He was educated at the Forest School, Walthamstow, and won a scholarship at Wadham College, Oxford, in 1839; graduated B.A. in 1842 and M.A. in 1845. He was ordained deacon in 1843 at Chester, his first curacy being at St. Bees, Cumberland, and priest in 1844 by the Archbishop of Canterbury, when he was Curate of Harrow-on-the-Hill. He held this curacy till he was appointed a Madras Chaplain in 1846. He served at Secunderabad, 1846-56, and from 1858-60; Wellington, 1860-65; Fort St. George, 1866-71; and St. George's Cathedral, 1871-75. In 1871 he was nominated to the Archdeaconry of Madras by the Bishop and duly appointed by the Government. On his retirement from the Service he became Curate-in-charge of Horinger in Suffolk, and afterwards Rector of Kirkby Laythorpe in Lincolnshire, where he died in 1900.