Details of EGBERT PALK

Born: 1718

Died: 1798

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: EGBERT PALK he was the son of Walter Palk of Ash- burton, co. Devon; he matriculated at Wadham College Oxford in 1736 aged 18; and graduated B.A. in 1739. He was a naval Chaplain, and arrived at Fort St. David with Admiral Boscawen's fleet in 1748. With the consent of the Admiral he was locally appointed to officiate as Chaplain the following April. As he was not appointed directly by them, the Directors only recognised his appointment grudgingly; but he retained it till he left Fort St, George for home in 1758. When he became Governor in 1763 the office of Commander-in-Chief of the Forces was omitted from his Commission, he being in Holy Orders, and was bestowed upon Colonel Stringer Lawrence, his military colleague. There is no record of his marriage at Fort St. George; but his son Lawrence named .after his old friend was baptised at St. Mary's on the 6 March, 1766, his wife's name being given as Ann. On returning to England in 1767 he became M.P. for Ashburton 1767-8, for Wareham 1768-72, and again for Ashburton 1774-87. The fact of his sitting in Parliament is sufficient evidence that he was not in Priest's Orders, for no Priest can sit in the House of Commons. He was created a Baronet in 1782 and died in 1798.