A Brief Chronology of Henry Martyn’s life
|1781||18 February born Truro, Cornwall, to John Martyn, a mine agent, and|
|1782||Death of his mother|
|1788||Entered Truro Grammar School|
|1797||October entered St John’s College, Cambridge to read mathematics|
|1800||Death of John Martyn. Henry’s conversion|
|1801||Graduated top of year (Senior Wrangler)|
|1802||Became Fellow of St John’s. Began to consider missionary service –initially with ‘CMS’|
|1803||23 October ordained deacon, serving as Charles Simeon’s Curate at Holy Trinity and the neighbouring parish of Lolworth.|
|1805||10 July left for India as an East India Company Chaplain. 29 Sept reached Madeira. 8 November Brazil.|
|1806||8 January reached Cape of Good Hope and witnessed British Conquest of Dutch Cape Colony. 16 April Calcutta
22 April Madras.
15 October left on six week journey to Dinapore outside Patna. Worked with Nathaniel Sabat on Persian NT
|1809||April moved to Cawnpore. Sabat’s translation of Gospels in Persian published|
|1810||October travelled to Calcutta and Serampore|
|1811||7 January left on six week sea journey to Bombay via Colombo.
25 March left for Bushehr via Muscat.
21 May reached Bushehr
30 May left for Shiraz
9 June arrived Shiraz
|1812||12 February Persian New Testament completed.
4 March Psalms completed
11 May left Shiraz for Tehran with Revd William Canning, new chaplain to the British Embassy to present translation to Shah.
6 July reached Tabriz very ill, after fruitless visits to Tehran, Karaj, Qazvin, Sultaniyeh and Zanjan.
2 September set off for Constantinople via Armenia (still under Persians)
12 September reached Etchmiadzin, religious capital of Armenia.
21 September reached Kars
29 September reached Erzurum
10 October – last diary entry
16 October died in Tokat – north central Turkey. Buried by Armenian Christians.
|1815||New Testament published St Petersburg.|
|1816||New Testament published Calcutta. (reprints in London in 1816 and 1827)|
(with thanks to John Clark, CMS for this chronology)