John Armstrong (bishop of Grahamstown)
|Bishop of Grahamstown|
|Portrait of John Armstrong, First Bishop of Grahamstown and Founder of St Andrew's College
Rt Revd John Armstrong
|In office||1853 – 1856|
22 August 1813|
|Died||16 May 1856
|Previous post||Vicar of Tidenham|
He was born at Bishop-Wearmouth, August 22, 1813. he was the second child and eldest son of Dr. Armstrong, a physician of eminence. Dr. Armstrong settled in London about the year 1818. His son John, at eight years old, was sent to a preparatory school at Hanwell, under the care of Dr. Bond. He suffered much during this time from rheumatism, and delicacy of health, and his studies were often interrupted. In the year 1827, when now fourteen years of age, he was sent to the Charterhouse School. He went in the year 1832, when nearly nineteen years of age, to a private tutor, the Rev. Jas. Tweed, of Harlow, Essex, with the view of fitting himself to become a candidate for Lord Crowe's Exhibition at Lincoln College, Oxford. About this time the resolution was formed to devote himself to the ministry. He took a third-class degree in classics in Michaelmas term, 1836. In 1837 he was ordained Deacon, and commenced his ministry as Curate of Alford, in Somersetshire.
Armstrong, who was a man of delicate health, devoted himself to two prime objects. The first was missions to the heathen, which had been completely neglected by the Church. The Bishop laid the foundations upon which the missionary work of this diocese and St John's has been built. His further object was the successful founding of St. Andrew's College, Grahamstown in 1855, whose dedication commemorates the date of his consecration. But the rough travelling and many anxieties of his diocese were too severe for the Bishop's delicate frame, and he died on 16 May 1856, after less than two years in the country.
His son, Edward, became a noted historian.
Notes and references
- Gould, Charles (1924). Grahamstown Cathedral: A Guide and Short History. Grahamstown Diocesan Registry.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Currie, R.F. (1955). St. Andrew's College Grahamstown 1855-1955. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. Retrieved 2 Aug 2014.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Carter, Thomas Thellusson (1857). A Memoir of John Armstrong, D.D.: Late Lord Bishop of Grahamstown. John Henry and James Parker.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Nicholson, Sir Sydney Hugo; Knight, Gerald Hocken; Dykes Bower, J. (1972). Hymns Ancient and Modern: Revised. William Clowes and Sons.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
- Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> .
|Anglican Church of Southern Africa titles|
|New diocese||Bishop of Grahamstown
1853 – 1856