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MILLINGCHAMP , BENJAMIN ( 1756 - 1829 ), naval chaplain and collector of Oriental manuscripts .

Born in 1756 , the son of Benjamin Millingchamp and grandson of Joseph Millingchamp , Comptroller of the Customs at Cardigan , and his wife Anne ( Gambold ) . He was educated at Ystrad Meurig School , Queen's College , Oxford (matriculated 12 Feb. 1773 ), and Merton College , Oxford ( B.A. 1777 ).

Ordained deacon 9 Aug. 1778 by J. Yorke , bishop of S. Davids , he was appointed ( 4 Sept. 1778 ) a chaplain on board the ‘ Superbe ,’ the flagship of admiral Sir Edward Hughes , which sailed for India early in 1779 . Then followed eighteen years in foreign service, Millingchamp leaving the fleet in July 1782 to become chaplain at Fort S. George , Madras . At Madras he started to learn Persian , becoming proficient in the language and collecting Persian and other oriental books and manuscripts (in N.L.W. since 1912 ).

He left India finally in 1796 , returned to Britain , and married ( 1798 ) Sarah Rawlinson of Grantham , and settled at Plas Llangoedmor , near Cardigan . Afterwards he received certain preferments in England and Wales (details in chapter xi of N.L.W. MS. 13737 ), being, in 1825 , appointed to the archdeaconry of Carmarthen . (He had proceeded D.D. at Oxford in 1821 ). A Sermon preached at St. Peter's Church, Carmarthen, on Thursday, July 4th, 1811, before the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge and Church Union in the Diocese of St. Davids. … By the Rev. Benjamin Millingchamp was published at Carmarthen in 1812 .

He died 6 Jan. 1829 , and was buried at Llangoedmor .

Sources:

  • ‘Life and Letters of… Benjamin Millingchamp … by Herbert Millingchamp Vaughan , 1940,’ now NLW MS 13737, has detailed references to sources;
  • Jane Porter , The Two Little Princes of Persia , London, 1801 ;
  • N.L.W. Catalogue of Oriental Manuscripts Persian, Arabic, and Hindustani , Aberystwyth, 1916 ;
  • H. M. Vaughan , ‘The Millingchamps of Cardigan,’ in West Wales Historical Records , 1910–29 , v, 104-12;
  • The National Library of Wales Journal , ii, 48.

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959