Source: Chaplains in the Jurisdiction of the Presidency of Fort St George from 1647 to 1805 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)
Biography: SAMUEL MEREFIELD was locally appointed in August 1759. He was the son of William Merefield of Woolminstone, near Crewkerne in the county of Somerset. He was born in 1716; matriculated at Exeter College Oxford in 1736; and gradu ated B.A. in 1739. After ordination he became a Chaplain in the Royal Navy, and was appointed to the flagship of Admiral Stevens for service in the East Indies. It was whilst the fleet was lying off Fort St. George, that the merchants ashore required the services of a Chaplain. Merefield obtained the Admiral's permission, and was appointed. He remained at Fort St. George four years, and then returned home on the Flagship of Admiral Cornish.