Nathaniel James Merriman, Bishop Of Grahamstown (1809 - 1882)

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Birthplace: Marlborough, , Wiltshire, England
Death: Died in Cape Town, , Western Cape, South Africa
Cause of death: Unconsciousness, result of a carriage accident
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About Nathaniel James Merriman, Bishop Of Grahamstown

Nathaniel James Merriman (1810-82) who in 1841 had become Vicar of Street, and was afterwards archdeacon of Grahamstown, dean of Cape Town and, from 1871, Bishop of Grahamstown

Born in Marlborough (England) on the 4th of April 1809, died in Grahamstown on the 16th of August 1882. Educated at Marlborough, at Winchester College and Oxford (where he formed a lifelong friendship with W. E. Gladstone), Merriman was appointed curate of Street (Somersetshire) in 1840. In 3847 he offered his services to Bishop Gray and was appointed the first archdeacon of Grahamstown, with the task of supervising the Anglican Church in the entire eastern region of the Cape Colony. Arriving at the Cape in November 1848, he and his wife and family reached Grahamstown early in 1849, and in February Merriman undertook the first of a series of visitation journeys, chiefly on foot. These are vividly described in his private journals, published without his knowledge in 1853 under the title The Kafir, the Hottentot and the frontier farmer. Never a seeker after office, Merriman finally accepted in 1870 the deanery of Cape Town and in 1871 was elected bishop of Grahamstown. A year later he was elected to succeed Archbishop Gray but declined. He died as the result of a carriage accident near Grahamstown on 16 Aug. 1882. Unconventional and a man of great integrity, Merriman had a natural gift for observation, a remarkably objective approach to life at the Cape, and a refreshing sense of humour. He married Julia Potter in 1840. Their eldest son, John Xavier, became prime minister of the Cape and one of the architects of Union in 1910. D. H. VALLLEY

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April 4, 1809
Marlborough, , Wiltshire, England
Age 24
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February 19, 1840
Age 30
Preston, , Lancashire, England
March 15, 1841
Age 31
Street, , Somerset, England
July 28, 1842
Age 33
April 3, 1844
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January 14, 1846
Age 36
January 14, 1848
Age 38