Robert Henry Walker (1857-1939) was born on 24 March 1857 in Malton, Yorkshire, the son of the Revd John Walker (1821-1904), Rector of Bradwell, Suffolk, 1864-1904, and Louisa Gertrude Walker. He attended Dedham Grammar School, and entered St John's College, Cambridge, in 1875 (B.A., 1879; M.A., 1882). He was ordained deacon in 1880, and priest in 1881, and was Curate of All Souls, Langham Place, London, 1880-1887. Walker joined the Church Missionary Society in 1887, and was based at Usambiro and Mengo, 1889-1893. He was Archdeacon of Uganda, 1893-1912, and Secretary of the C.M.S. in Uganda, 1890-1912. He married Eleanor, daughter of George Barbour of Bolesworth Castle, Cheshire, in 1910. After returning to England, Walker was Vicar of Broxbourne, 1913-1919. He died on 10 January 1939 at Ealing.
The collection also features Walker's brothers, Wilfred Charles (1858-1939), Rector of Bradwell, Norfolk, 1905-1930, Cyril Hutchinson (1861-1955), surgeon, and Basil Woodd, and his sisters, Harriett and Margaret.
Letters from Robert Walker in Uganda to his family, letters to the Walker family from other correspondents and miscellaneous items connected to Walker's missionary work in Uganda.
Presented by Dr David Trapnell, great-nephew of Archdeacon Walker, 1995.
The R.C.S. Photograph Collection includes Walker's photograph album, Y3045T, received with his letters. The University of Birmingham holds correspondence and other papers of Robert Walker, CMS/ACC88.
This collection level description was created by RAS. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Robert Walker in 'Who was who', vol. III, 1929-1940 (London, 1967), p. 1402, and to the entries on members of the Walker family in J.A. Venn, 'Alumni Cantabrigienses', part II, vol. VI (Cambridge, 1954).