REV. WILLIAM READ, M. A., (1791–1825), was born in Bengal, India because his father worked for the East India Company. He came to his serious religious feelings at age fourteen, and attended school at St. Edmund Hall at Oxford. In 1813, he served the curacy at Midsomer Norton for seven years, and four years at Ston Easton. He was domestic Chaplin to His Royal Highness the Duke of Clarence and St. Andrew. He had reverence and love for the poor. He had a tragic accident at thirty-four years of age, when their runaway horse carriage crashed into wall taking his life and that of his son.
Contentment in Humble Life.