Henry Martyn was born in Cornwall in 1781 and was converted while a student at Cambridge in 1800. He was Senior Wrangler, became a Fellow of St Johnís College, and served as a curate at Holy Trinity Church while Charles Simeon was the vicar.
In 1805 Martyn left for India as a chaplain of the East India Company. He was a brilliant linguist and in under five years he had translated the New Testament into Urdu and Persian, and supervised its translation into Arabic. He died tragically in Armenia in 1812, aged only 31.
Martynís legacy is three-fold:
For further information see
"Foundations for Mission and the Study of World Christianity: The Legacy of Henry Martyn"The work of Henry Martyn is continued today in the work of the Henry Martyn Trust at the Henry Martyn Hall and the Henry Martyn Centre.
Lecture given by Canon Graham Kings, HMC Director, January 1996