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Charles Inglis

Birthplace: Glencolumbkille, County Donegal, Ireland
Death: February 24, 1816 (81-82)
near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Place of Burial: Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Archibald Inglis
Husband of Mary Inglis and Margaret Inglis
Father of Mary Inglis; C.H. Inglis; Charles Inglis; John Inglis and Margaret Inglis

Occupation: first Anglican bishop in North America
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About Charles Inglis

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Charles Inglis was an Irish clergyman who was consecrated the first Church of England bishop of the Diocese of Nova Scotia. He is buried in the crypt of St. Paul's Church (Halifax).

Following the British occupation of New York in 1777, Inglis was promoted from curate to rector of Trinity Church. As a Loyalist, it is recorded that Inglis prayed aloud for King George III while George Washington was in the congregation. The church was quickly surrounded by militia. In November 1783, upon the evacuation of Loyalists from New York, Inglis returned to England.

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TIMELINE for Charles Inglis

  1. 1754c Charles emigrated to America Possibly his passage was paid for by John Inglis (might have been a cousin) in return for educating his children. A Samuel and a John Inglis are named among the first students at the Academy in Philadelphia in 1757 (probably sons of John Inglis, see family tree of the Auchindinny Inglises).
  2. 1755 Appointed as Catechist and 'Preceptor' at the Free School, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
  3. 1758 Ordained Deacon by Bishop Zacharias Pearce of Rochester (acting for Bishop Sherlock of London) at Fulham Palace, London, England
  4. 1/7/1759 Returned to America and became SPG Missionary (Society for the Propagation of the Gospels) Missionary at Dover, Delaware, America.
  5. 1760 He was ill with fever (probably malaria) throughout his life he was to have recurrent bouts. In Colonial Delaware, and apparently also in Pennsylvania, Inglis was the only missionary to admit blacks to the communion table.
  6. 12/1765 Appointed Assistant at Trinity Church, New York.
  7. 19/5/1767 Kings College, New York awarded him an M.A. Largely due to 'An Essay on Infant Babtism' in reply to the Baptists.
  8. 31/5/1770 Oxford Diploma for M.A
  9. 5/1770 He became Godfather to the son of John Odeserundy, a Mohawk chief who fought so valiantly for the British in the French war, and during the revolution, afterwards he settled on the Bay of Quinte , where a town was named after him. Inglis believed that 'civilising' the Indians would bring their annihilation.
  10. 1771 Accepted onto the board of Governors for Kings College, New York.
  11. 10/1771 He became President of Kings College, New York.
  12. 1773 to 1783 Rector of Trinity Church, New York, America
  13. 1774 Became 'senior curate' of Trinity Church.
  14. 1775 American War of Independence broke out, Charles was a prominent Royalist
  15. 3/1776 The rebels captured New York.
  16. 4/1776 George Washington arrived in New York, Charles was lucky to avoid execution for his loyalist activities.
  17. 9/1776 English forces re-occupied New York.
  18. 3/1777 Succeeded Dr Auchmuty as Rector of Trinity Church, New York.
  19. 2/1778 Doctor of Divinity conferred by Oxford University
  20. 1778 France declared war on Great Britain in support of the American rebels.
  21. 10/1778 New York Provincial Assembly confiscated the property of many loyalists, including all the property of Charles Inglis and his wife (His property at Kingston, Charlotte and Fredericksburg in the state was seized and sold for £84,000 US£ leaving him nothing but his salary of £100 per annum as Chaplain of the 1st Battalion New Jersey Volunteers)
  22. 1782 American Independence agreed by British Government.
  23. 21/1/1982 His son Charles dies aged 8 years old.
  24. 21/9/1783 His wife dies aged 35 years and is buried in St Paul's Chapel, Broadway, New York.
  25. 26/10/1783 Preached farewell sermon at St Georges and St Paul's chapels.
  26. 11/1783 Resigned from Trinity Church following the Declaration of American Independence.
  27. 25/11/1783 The English forces evacuated New York and Charles and his Son John sailed with them to England. (His daughter Margaret had left for school in England and his younger daughter, Anne remained with her mother's relations Thomas Ellison)
  28. Apr-Nov 1784 He left England to visit his old home at Glencolumkille
  29. 2/8/1787 Consecrated Bishop of Nova Scotia in Chapel of Lambeth Palace by Dr. Moore, Archbishop of Canterbury. (First Colonial bishop.) The See of Nova Scotia comprised the whole of the British possessions in North America from Newfoundland to Lake Superior, and even included Bermuda.
  30. 10/1787 Arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia.Charles appears to have lived at Halifax on first becoming Bishop, to have moved to Clermont, Aylesford in about 1794 and estate which he built to 9000 acres, and from 1806 to have spent the winters in Halifax and the summers at Clermont.
  31. 1788 Founded King's College, Windsor, Nova Scotia. Started as school run by Archbishop Paine Inglis, the Bishop's Nephew. The first head of the college, as distinct from the School, was William Cochran, a Dublin graduate from Omagh was had previously been Classical Professor in King's College, New York. He was ordained by Bishop Charles 12/6/1791. The bishop's son John married William Cochran's niece.
  32. Between 1808-11 his portrait was painted by Robert Field, this picture is now in the National Portrait Gallery, London. A copy by Myles is owned by Trinity Church, St John, N.B, another unfinished copy is in the Nova Scotia Archives at Halifax, A lithograph of the Field portrait was executed by M.Gauci. Bishop John Inglis commissioned a further copy (artist unknown) which he presented to St. George's Church, New York on 16.3.1843 to be placed in the vestry-room of the church.
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Charles Inglis's Timeline

Glencolumbkille, County Donegal, Ireland
January 1773
December 9, 1777
United States
February 24, 1816
Age 82
Nova Scotia, Canada