Details of THOMAS GAJETAN RAGLAND

Born: 1815

Died: 1858

Source: CMS Missionaries (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)

Biography: THOMAS GAJETAN RAGLAND was born at Gibraltar in 1815. He graduated B.A. from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, in 1842 as fourth Wrangler. He was ordained deacon and priest at Ely the same year, and was elected a Fellow of his College. He proceeded M.A. in 1845, and took the degree of B.D. in 1853. In the year 1845 he accepted the position of secretary of the Corresponding Committee of the Society in Madras, and he retained that appointment for nine years. It was not till 1854 that he commenced direct evangelistic work. In that year, assisted by two younger Cambridge men, David Fenn and E. R. Meadows, he founded the North Tinnevelly mission. In 1858 he died at Sivagasi, the indirect cause of death being exhaustion from over-exertion. A memoir of his life and work was written by the Venerable Archdeacon Thomas Thomason Perowne. (A Memoir of the Rev. Thomas Gajetan Ragland: Fellow of the Corpus Christi published 1861)