ROBERT CALDWELL A MAN WITH A MISSION

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Robert Caldwell was a missionary for London Missionary Society.

In County Antrim, Ireland, Robert Caldwell was born at Clady on 7 May 1814 to poor Scottish Presbyterian parents. His Profession Missionary, linguist and writer.

Robert Caldwell a Tamil language scholar and Christian Evangelist.

  • In 1844, Caldwell married Eliza Mault with whom he had seven children.
  • Eliza worked in Idaiyangudi and Tirunelveli proselytizing the people, especially Tamil-speaking women.

  • He arrived first at Madras in 1838 as a non-conformist minister under the auspices of the LMS (London Missionary Society). 
  • He learned Tamil and was so attracted by the beauty of the language that he also explored its rich literature and poetry and became familiar with some of the other languages of the region.
  • He walked the 800 miles south to the village of Idaiyangudi where he established his mission station. It was to be his home for the next 36 years. 

Few Stats about Robert Caldwell

He learned Tamil and was so attracted by the beauty of the language that he also explored its rich literature and poetry and became familiar with some of the other languages of the region. The real significance of what Caldwell accomplished was not the first conception of the Dravidian family, but the consolidation of the proof.”

He walked the 800 miles south to the village of Idaiyangudi where he established his mission station. It was to be his home for the next 36 years. 

Date of Birth 7 May 1814 & Date of Death 28 August 1891

Bishop Robert Caldwell built and dedicated the Holy Trinity church at Idaiyangudi in 1880. With space in the church for only 3000, it was attended by nearly 9,000 natives of whom 7,000 were Christians and nearly 2000 Hindus.

On 7th May 2010 the government of Tamil Nadu paid this 19th century ‘foreign’ missionary the considerable compliment of issuing a postage stamp in his memory. The background to his head on the five Rupees stamp consists of examples of four of the Dravidian languages -Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, and Telugu of South India.

Caldwell died at Ooty and the deceased of his body was brought to Idaiyangudi and was buried inside the Idaiyangudi church.

Caldwell is still remembered and his statue erected Marina Beach at Chennai in Tamilnadu of South India, eighty years after his death.

  • Source Wikipedia , Britishempire.co.uk

Remembrance of Robert Caldwell

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