Source: Chaplains in the HEICS 1836-58 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: JOSEPH DUNCAN OSTREHAN was born in 1830; he was the son of the Rev. Joseph Duncan Ostrehan, Vicar of Creech St. Michael, in the county of Somerset. He matriculated at Worcester College, Oxford, in 1848, and graduated B.A. from New Inn Hall in 1852. He was ordained deacon in 1853, and priest in 1854, at Norwich, his first curacy being at Burgate, in Suffolk. In 1855, when Curate of Barwick, in Somerset, he was appointed a Chaplain in the Company's Service. He served at Secunderabad from 1855 to 1862, at Vizianagram from 1864 to 1871. During the other six years of his service he was at five different places. Before he went to India he was a candidate for a minor canonry at Eochester, being a musician of first rate taste and ability. When he took furlough in 1871, he became Curate-in-charge of Whittington, Somerset, and raised money to restore the Church. In the following year he became Eector of Yarmouth, in the Isle of Wight. He restored Yar mouth Church and renewed some of its fittings during the year he was Eector; and by his geniality he made friends who revered his memory many years after he had passed away. He returned to India in 1873, and retired from the Service in 1878. On his retirement he took charge of Yarmouth for a few weeks in 1879. to the great content and happiness of the people. He died at Cheltenham in 1880.