The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Nevill, Right Rev. Samuel Tarratt

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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography by Philip Mennell
Nevill, Right Rev. Samuel Tarratt

Nevill, Right Rev. Samuel Tarratt, D.D., Bishop of Dunedin, New Zealand, son of Jonathan and Mary Nevill, was born at Nottingham in 1837. He was educated at St. Aidan's and at Magdalen College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. (second class Natural Science Tripos) in 1865, and M.A. in 1868, being created D.D. in 1871. He was ordained deacon in 1860 and priest in 1861. From 1860 to 1862 he was curate of Scarisbrick, Lancashire, and rector of Shelton, Staffordshire, from the latter year till 1871, when he accepted the bishopric of Dunedin. He was consecrated in the pro-cathedral, Dunedin, by the Primate (Harper) of Dunedin and Bishops Suter of Nelson, Hadfield of Wellington, and Williams of Waiapu. Dr. Nevill has twice since revisited England to attend the Lambeth Conferences. He was married at Heavitree, Devon, in 1863, to Miss M. S. C. Penny. When rector of Shelton the Bishop held a certificate of the Science and Art Department of South Kensington qualifying him to instruct candidates for examination under the Department, and was thus instrumental in laying the foundation of the career of some who have attained positions of eminence. The branch of the Nevill family to which the Bishop belongs had been for many generations settled in Suffolk, but the Bishop's great-grandfather having assisted Count Zinzendorf in the establishment of the Moravians in London and Ockbrook, Derbyshire, married Elizabeth Thring, of Badminton, whose son, J. B. Nevill, married Millicent de Terrot, anglicised Tarratt, of a Huguenot family mentioned by Smiles ("Huguenots in England"), of which family the late Bishop of Edinburgh, Dr. Terrot, was a member.