Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)
For his father, the Bishop of Bristol, see Robert Gray (bishop of Bristol).
For other people with the same name, see Robert Gray (disambiguation).
|The Right Reverend
|Born||(1809-10-03)3 October 1809|
|Died||1 September 1872(1872-09-01) (aged 62)|
|Spouse||Sophy Gray (architect)|
His first parish was at Whitworth.
In 1845 he became the vicar of Stockton-on-Tees.
As a priest he was interested in mission, and was local secretary for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts.
In 1847, he was consecrated 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.
On reaching Grahamstown he ordained William Long, with whom he was to come into conflict later.
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 patent for a smaller Anglican Diocese of Cape Town, while two new bishops were consecrated: John William Colenso as Bishop of Natal and John Armstrong as Bishop of Grahamstown.
Robert Gray was married on 6 September 1836 to Sophy Myddleton, the daughter of county squire Richard Wharton Myddleton of Durham and Yorkshire, and founded Diocesan College, or Bishops as it is commonly known, in Rondebosch, Cape Town, in 1849.
A notable part of his life concerned his feud with Colenso about Colenso's alleged heretical opinions.
Robert Gray's son, Rev.
Charles Gray, M.A., edited the book .
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