Source: SPG Missionary (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: JAMES FLEMING KEARNS was born in Ireland in 1825. He was accepted for service in India by the S.P.G. in 1849; he was ordained deacon in 1854, and priest in 1856, by the Bishop of Madras. Between 1849 and 1854 he was working as a lay man and undergoing special training at the Diocesan Institution at Sullivan's Gardens. After his ordination he worked in Tinnevelly till 1873, when he was placed in charge of the Tanjore mission. He died at Tanjore in 1877. The last Princess of Tanjore, who had a high opinion of his character as a Christian missionary, erected a monument to his memory in St. Peter's Church and in the churchyard. Her Highness also paid all the funeral expenses. He was the author of a treatise on the Marriage and Funeral Ceremonies of the South Indian Hindus.