James Stanier Clarke 1766 -1834
This is a story of a remarkable man who walked with kings and queens, princes, earls, sea captains, poets and authors, yet found time to be Rector of Tillington, a position and parish he loved dearly.
James Stanier Clarke was born in 1766 on the island of Minorca, where his father, Edward, was chaplain to the Lieutenant-Governor of this British occupied island. In 1768 the family returned to England and James entered Tonbridge School. He went on to Cambridge but left without taking a degree. Approaches were made to the Bishop of Chichester and James was ordained priest in 1790 becoming the vicar of Preston cum Hove, near Brighton. He also had an apartment in Knightsbridge and soon became a Preacher at a nearby wealthy chapel. The additional salary was a welcome support to James’s growing lifestyle.
In 1794 James was made a navy chaplain on he H.M.S. Jupiter, the ship that was sent to convey Princess Caroline of Brunswick safely to England where she was to become the bride of the impoverished H.R.H. George, Prince of Wales. After this adventure he soon became Chaplain of the Household of the Prince of Wales.