Nathaniel James Merriman, Bishop Of Grahamstown

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Nathaniel James Merriman, Bishop Of Grahamstown

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Marlborough, , Wiltshire, England
Death: August 16, 1882 (73)
Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa (Unconsciousness, result of a carriage accident)
Place of Burial: Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Merriman and Mary Merriman
Husband of Julia Merriman (Potter)
Father of John Xavier Merriman; Charlotte Barry; Thomas Reginald Merriman; Sarah Agnes Merriman; Mary Merriman and 4 others
Brother of Hannah Merriman; Katherine Ann Merriman; Frederick Ward Merriman; Martha Jane Merriman; Mary Merriman and 7 others

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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 - DEATH OF BISHOP MERRIMAN - The Right Rev. Nathaniel James Merriamn, D.D., Bishop of Grahamstown, whose death has been reported, was born about the year 1810, graduated at Brasenose College, Oxford, taking his Bachelor's degree in 1831, and proceeding M.A. in due course. He was ordained deacon in 1832, and priest in the following year, and in 1847 was appointed in the Archdeaconry of Grahamstown, He was nominated Canon of Cape Town in 1832, and was afterwards made Dean of that city. Dr. Merriman was consecrated Bishop of Grahamstown in 1877. The diocese, originally part of the see of Cape Town, comprises the eastern districts of the colonly of the Cape of Good Hope, together with the district south of the Orange and east of the Ongar rivers, and also the territory known as British Caffraria. Dr. Merriman, who was the author inter alia of some "Lectures of Shakspare," was the third Bishop of Grahamstown since the foundation of that see in 1853. The Bishop met his death through an accident whilst driving.

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Nathaniel James Merriman, Bishop Of Grahamstown's Timeline

April 4, 1809
Marlborough, , Wiltshire, England
Age 24
March 15, 1841
Age 31
Street, , Somerset, England
July 28, 1842
Age 33
April 3, 1844
Age 34
January 14, 1846
Age 36
January 14, 1848
Age 38
August 27, 1848
Age 39
October 23, 1850
Age 41
Grahamstown, , Cape Province, South Africa