Henry Martyn Trust

A Brief Chronology of Henry Martyn’s life

1781 18 February born Truro, Cornwall, to John Martyn, a mine agent, and
1782Death of his mother
1788Entered Truro Grammar School
1797 October entered St John’s College, Cambridge to read mathematics
1800 Death of John Martyn. Henry’s conversion
1801Graduated top of year (Senior Wrangler)
1802 Became Fellow of St John’s. Began to consider missionary service –initially with ‘CMS’
180323 October ordained deacon, serving as Charles Simeon’s Curate at Holy Trinity and the neighbouring parish of Lolworth.
180510 July left for India as an East India Company Chaplain. 29 Sept reached Madeira. 8 November Brazil.
18068 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
1809April moved to Cawnpore. Sabat’s translation of Gospels in Persian published
1810October travelled to Calcutta and Serampore
18117 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
21 July
181212 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)

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