Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)

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For his father, the Bishop of Bristol, see Robert Gray (bishop of Bristol). Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_0

For other people with the same name, see Robert Gray (disambiguation). Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_1

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The Right Reverend

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ChurchRobert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_header_cell_0_1_0 AnglicanRobert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_cell_0_1_1
ProvinceRobert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_header_cell_0_2_0 Southern AfricaRobert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_cell_0_2_1
DioceseRobert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_header_cell_0_3_0 Cape TownRobert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_cell_0_3_1
OrdersRobert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_header_cell_0_4_0
ConsecrationRobert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_header_cell_0_5_0 1847Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_cell_0_5_1
Personal detailsRobert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_header_cell_0_6_0
BornRobert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_header_cell_0_7_0 (1809-10-03)3 October 1809Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_cell_0_7_1
DiedRobert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_header_cell_0_8_0 1 September 1872(1872-09-01) (aged 62)Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_cell_0_8_1
SpouseRobert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_header_cell_0_9_0 Sophy Gray (architect)Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_cell_0_9_1

Robert Gray (3 October 1809 – 1 September 1872) was the first Anglican Bishop of Cape Town. Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_2

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Gray was born in Bishopwearmouth, north east England, the 12th child and son of Robert Gray, Bishop of Bristol, who made him deacon in Wells Cathedral on 11 January 1834. Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_3

His first parish was at Whitworth. Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_4

In 1845 he became the vicar of Stockton-on-Tees. Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_5

As a priest he was interested in mission, and was local secretary for the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts. Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_6

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. Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_7

Soon after arriving he set out on a journey to explore his diocese, accompanied by James Green, who was to be rector of Pietermaritzburg in the Colony of Natal. Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_8

On reaching Grahamstown he ordained William Long, with whom he was to come into conflict later. Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_9

In 1849, he visited St Helena, and in 1850 set out on another tour of the mainland, reaching as far as Pietermaritzburg. Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_10

This journey convinced him that the division of the diocese was necessary. Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_11

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 (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_12

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. Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_13

A notable part of his life concerned his feud with Colenso about Colenso's alleged heretical opinions. Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_14

Gray and his wife looked after the children of Mgolombane Sandile, including his daughter Emma, aiming to provide influence over the Gaika people. Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_15

Robert Gray's son, Rev. Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_16

Charles Gray, M.A., edited the book . Robert Gray (bishop of Cape Town)_sentence_17


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