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Thomas Truebody Thomason (1774-1829)

Thomas Truebody Thomason was born in Plymouth, the son of Thomas Thomason of Plymouth School, Greenwich. He was educated at Magdalen College Cambridge where he came under the influence of the evangelical Charles Simeon. Thomason was ordained and elected a Fellow of Queen's College in 1797.

In 1808 Thomason was appointed by the East India Company to a chaplaincy at the Mission Church in Calcutta. He was a gifted linguist and produced a translation of the scriptures. Thomason was also a founder member of the Calcutta Bible Society and involved himself with the work of the Church Missionary Society despite the opposition of his bishop.

Thomason was an advocate of native education and was instrumental in the setting up of the first CMS schools in Bengal. He also founded a Schoolbook Society and a female orphan society for the illegitimate children of Europeans.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography edited by Donald Lewis (1995) and J. A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses (1922)

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