HEBER, Reginald. Malpas, Cheshire 21.4.1783 — Trichinopoly (Tiruchirappalli) 3.4.1826. Right Rev. British Bishop and Traveller in India. Son of Rev. Reginald Heber, educated at Whitchurch and privately, then at Brasenose College, Oxford (M.A.). Was noted of his poetry. Fellow of All Souls’ College in 1805. “After a tour of nearly two years in Europe, he was ordained, 1807, held the living of Hodnet from that year. Prebendary of St. Asaph, 1812, was appointed Bishop of Calcutta, 1822, which he accepted with much hesitation; completed Bishop’s College, Calcutta, travelled continually, performing his episcopal duties, through the whole India, and in Ceylon… Died in a swimming-bath… A kneeling statue of Heber is in St. Paul’s Cathedral in Calcutta.”
Publications: Narrative of a journey through the upper provinces of India from Calcutta to Bombay, 1824–1825, with notes upon Ceylon, and a Journey to Madras and the Southern Provines. 1-3. L. 1827.
– 57 hymns, poetry, lectures, sermons.
Sources: Buckland, Dictionary; *Wikipedia, long article with portrait and further references.