1829 - Yes, date unknown
||Isaac Brock |
||near, Winchester, , Hampshire, England
||Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada
|Eby ID Number
||Yes, date unknown
||3 Sep 2019 |
- Brock, Rev. Isaac, M.A. (Oxford), D.D., Canon, of St. Luke's Cathedral, Halifax ; President of King's College, Nova Scotia, was born near Winchester, Hants, England, in 1829. His father was the Rev. William Brock, M.A., rector of Bishops Waltham, Hants, and a native of the Isle of Guernsey ; his mother belonged to the family of Gossett, and was a native of the adjoining Island of Jersey. The father of Major-General Sir Isaac Brock (the hero of Upper Canada), and father of our subject's grandfather (Rev. Thomas Brock, M.A., rector of St. Pierre du Bois, Guernsey ) were brothers, so that Sir Isaac Brock was first cousin to our subject's grandfather. Canon Brock was educated at Clifton school, York, and Queen's college, Oxford.
"He graduated, in 1851 with first class honors in mathematics. He was ordained in the diocese of Tuam, Ireland : deacon in 1852; priest in 1853; was missionary of the Irish Church Missions in Connemara and Galway, 1852-1858. He was secretary of the Islington Protestant Institute (London), 1858-1861; incumbent of the Jews' Episcopal Chapel, Palestine place, Bethnal Green, 1861-1866; rector of the Chapel of Ease, Lower Holloway, London N., 18661868; principal of Huron College, London, Ontario, 1868-1872 ; rector of Galt, Ontario, 1872-1873; assistant rector of Sherbrooke, Quebec, 1873-1882; rector of Bishop's College School, Lennoxville, 1882-1883; rector of Londonderry, N.S., 1883-1885.
In August, 1885, our subject was appointed by the Board of Governors of King's College, acting president of that institution and professor of divinity in the same. May 1st, 1886, he was installed as canon of St. Luke's Cathedral, Halifax, N.S., by the late Bishop of Nova Scotia, the Right Bev. Hibbert Binney, D.D., and on the 8th of June of the same year was made president of King's College, which position he now holds. Canon Brock is an intensely loyal Churchman, and ever ready to defend and propagate the principles of the English branch of the Holy Catholic church. He married, in Dublin in 1855, Ruby Roberta, eldest daughter of Thomas Crawford Butlea, of Carlow, Ireland, and has issue living three sons and three daughters. Canon Brock is known in the theological-literary world by a volume of sermons, published in England, on the Apostles' Creed, and which attracted considerable attention. Since his arrival in Canada he has also published several detached sermons and addresses upon the following, amongst other, subjects, viz. : " The English Reformation," " The Two Records ; or, Geology and Genesis," " The Modern Doctrine of Force and Belief in a Personal God," " Apostolical Succession," " The Anglican Doctrine of Holy Baptism." That Canon Brock possesses peculiar fitness for the position he now so worthily fills may readily be imagined, for, to profound scholarship he adds a ripe experience, gained by contact with a variety of classes of his fellow beings in many quarters of the British dominions. The University of King's College, of which he is president, is the oldest university of British origin in the colonial empire of our Queen, being founded by the first Bishop of Nova Scotia, the Bight Bev. Charles Inglis, D.D., in A.D. 1788, the year after the latter' s consecration to the episcopate. Canon Brock apparently has yet many years of usefulness before him, being full of vigor and gives promise of reaching a ripe old age.1a
Geo. MacLean Rose, A Cyclopaepdia of Canadian Biography being chiefly men of the time. Rose Publishing Co., Toronto 1888