Alexander, Reverend Henry
d. 1896
Reverend Henry Alexander was a Royal Navy chaplain who wrote the Colonial Secretary in London on 14 October 1863 to determine whether he was entitled to land in British Columbia under the provisions of the Military and Naval Settlers' Act, 1863.1 This act, proclaimed by British Columbia governor James Douglas, provided British military and naval officers free grants of land in the colony based on their years of service.2 Alexander was informed that as he was a chaplain, and not a regular officer, he did not qualify for the grants. Henry Pelham Fiennes Pelham Clinton, the fifth Duke of Newcastle, noted in the file that Chaplains have not the qualifications for settling a country which Military & Naval Officers haveā€¦3
Alexander, who had been in the navy since 1854, continued to serve until 1872.4 Educated at Cambridge, he was a British citizen who had been born abroad, his birthplace being officially listed as Not Known.5 He was ordained deacon in 1852, priested in 1853, and held the position of Rector of Colwick from 1874 until his death in 1896 at the age of 70.6
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The Colonial Despatches Team. Alexander, Reverend Henry. The Colonial Despatches of Vancouver Island and British Columbia 1846-1871, Edition 2.2, ed. The Colonial Despatches Team. Victoria, B.C.: University of Victoria.

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