Born: 1813

Died: 1897

Source: Chaplains in the HEICS 1836-58 (Rev Frank Perry, The Church In Madras 1904)

Biography: BEAUMARICE STRACEY CLARKE was born at Trumpington in 1813, being the son of the Rev. Edward Daniel Clarke, LL.D., Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge, and Professor of Mineralogy at the University. Dr. Clarke, who was a great traveller. died at Cambridge in 1822. The boy was entered at Eton College in 1826; but after a short stay he left, and entered the Royal Navy, and was present at the battle of Navarino in 1827. During his eleven years service at sea he devoted his leisure to reading and study, and especially the study of the Bible; and after a time he determined to prepare himself for ordination. He entered St. Bees College, Cumberland, in 1839; was ordained deacon 1840, and priest 1841, at Chester; and was Curate of Denton, Manchester, from 1840 to 1843. In that year he was appointed a Chaplain by the East India Company. He served at Poonamallee, 1844-46; Tranquebar, 1846-50; Madras, 1850-54; Bangalore, 1854-57; and at Jackatalla (Wellington), 1859-61. During the time that he was in Madras he was a member of the S.P.G. diocesan com mittee. He was one of the Chaplains whose teaching on the subject of the new birth in baptism was disapproved of by Bishop Dealtry. At Bangalore he succeeded Robert Posnett, and took the same prominent part as he did in the building of St. John's Church and its schools. On his retirement he became successively Rector of Braxted, Vicar of Boxted, and Eector of Basildon with Laindon, all in Essex. He died at Essendon in the same county, at which place one of his sons was vicar in 1897, aged eighty-four.