- Robert Gray (bishop)
Robert Gray (
3 October 1809– 1 September 1872) was the first AnglicanBishop of Cape Town.
Gray was born in
Bishopwearmouth, the son of Robert Gray, Bishop of Bristol, who ordained him deacon in Wells Cathedralon 11 January 1834. His first parish was at Whitworth. In 1845 be became the vicar of Stockton-on-Tees. As a priest he was interested in mission, and was local secretary for the SPG.
In 1847 he was ordained Bishop of Cape Town in
Westminster Abbey, along with three bishops for Australia, and arrived in his diocese, the boundaries of which were undefined, in February the following year.
Soon after arriving he set out on a journey to explore his diocese, accompanied by James Green, who was to be rector of
Pietermaritzburgin the Colony of Natal. On reaching Grahamstown he ordained William Long, with whom he was to come into conflict later.
In 1849 he visited
St Helena, and in 1850 set out on another tour of the mainland, reaching as far as Pietermaritzburg. This journey convinced him that the division of the diocese was necessary. He returned to England to arrange for this, and in 1853 he resigned his diocese, and received fresh letters patentfor a smaller Anglican Diocese of Cape Town, while two new bishops were consecrated: John William Colensoas Bishop of Natal and John Armstrong as Bishop of Grahamstown.
Robert Gray was married on
6 September 1836to Sophy Myddleton, the daughter of county squire Richard Wharton Myddleton of Durhamand Yorkshire, and founded Diocesan College, or Bishops as it is commonly known, in Rondebosch, Cape Town in 1849.
* cite book
last = Hinchliff
first = Peter
title = The church in South Africa
publisher = SPCK
year = 1968
location = London
id = ISBN 0-281-02277-1
* cite book
last = Page
first = B.T.
title = The harvest of good hope
publisher = SPCK
year = 1947
location = London
* [http://anglicanhistory.org/africa/spg22.html A Journal of the Bishop's Visitation Tour through the Cape Colony with an Account of His Visit to the Island of St. Helena, in 1849.]
* [http://anglicanhistory.org/africa/spg27.html A Journal of the Bishop's Visitation Tour through the Cape Colony, in 1850]
* [http://anglicanhistory.org/africa/gray_memoriam1872.html In Memoriam]
* [http://anglicanhistory.org/africa/day_gray.html Robert Gray: First Bishop of Cape Town]
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