Robert Newstead (1789-1865)
Robert Newstead was born at Howton St Peters in Norfolk. He was converted at the age of eighteen and entered the Wesleyan ministry in 1815. Newstead served as a missionary in Ceylon for nine years from 1816 and translated parts of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer into Indo-Portugese. After his return to England, he compiled a Portugese hymn-book for use in Ceylon and continued to take an active interest in foreign missions.
Newstead served as a circuit minister in England from 1825 to 1832 and was then appointed to the English Mission in Paris. After four years in France, he returned to home circuit work.
Newstead superannuated in 1861 to Tadcaster in Yorkshire.
Source: Hill's Arrangement 1861 and Minutes of Conference 1865