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: FUBNIVAL BOWEN the Bengal Chaplain who assisted Charles Griffiths at Fort St. George from January to August 1764, was the son of John Bowen of Haverfordwest, co. Pembroke, gent. He was born 1737; matriculated at Jesus College Oxford 1755; and graduated B.A. 1760. He was appointed Chaplain by the Directors in December 1762; he was ordained Priest in Lambeth Palace chapel by the Archbishop of Canterbury; he was approved by him for service in India in February 1763 and arrived at Calcutta in October the same year. In less than three months his health broke down; he obtained permission to go to Fort St. George for a change; as his health did not greatly improve he returned to England in August 1764. He was instituted to the Rectory of Laytheley co. York, in 1772.