Rev Rowland Palmer QUILTER 
- Born: 28 Aug 1866, Tasmania Aust.
- Died: 2 Apr 1930, Portree Isle of Skye SCT aged 63
John passed BA London University in 1890, and was then ordained. Curate of St James, Dudley for 2 years from 1890, August 1892 joined his father at Kempsey as the curate of St Mary's church. Three years later, in September 1895, Rowland resigned, according to the Kempsey Collection, due to his rheumatism being aggravated by the climate. He left within a few weeks to be a curate in Baldersley, Yorkshire, after 4 years in Baldersby, he went to West Heslerton, Yorkshire, where he was vicar from 1899 -1903. Then chaplain St Anne's Convalescent Home in Bridlington, Yorkshire until 1906. Chaplain to The House of Mercy in Cleaves until 1912.
John Hill quotes his father: "Alas, on one occasion for some reason, I was sent for a fortnight to my uncle Rowley, who was a priest, and who, at that time was 'in retreat' at some religious college. The experience of spending two weeks with some forty priests in austere and hushed surroundings was hardly elating. I played endless games of chess, and spent as much time as possible going for bicycle rides away from those contemplative and mournful beings."
In 1922 Rowland became Rector of St Colomba's church at Portree on the Isle of Skye, where he remained until he died in 1930.
A History of St Colombo's Church Portree by Lucy S. Taylor MA. says of Rowland Quilter: "He was generous and he was loved. Early in his term of office he paid L40 himself towards repairs to the church
Paper work was increasing for the Rector, and some of it was baffling in being inappropriate to the local circumstances. But the Revd R. Quilter steered a calm and sensible way through it. Answering a complaint that he had not sent an "auditor's doquet (sic)" with his financial return, the kind of man who, for example, never charged up his postages, could only reply: I do not think it worthwhile having the church A/c audited. I let all see a balance sheet and the vouchers are open for inspection. Any auditor would require an explanation of the System of Grants, and I could not make clear to another what is not clear to myself.The Returns seemed to increase with a duplication of questions and answers.
He completed one Quinquennial Report thus:
Capital Funds :None
Site freehold or lease:Don't know
Transfer deed:Don't know
Building stone and slated:Yes
Any debt on building:No
Insurance:L3,070 with North British Mercantile Insurance Co.
Person responsible for repairs: Don't know
Special fund for repairs:No
Burdens on land:No
In good order and repair: The parsonage lets in rain like most houses
This was signed by R.P. Quilter on January 10th 1930.
The booklet states: "He died in office and a Requiem was held for him by Bishop Mackenzie, which was very well attended, on April 4th 1930."
Quilter the Rev Rowland Palmer of The Rectory Portree Isle of Skye died 2 April 1930. Confirmation of Hugh Henry Quilter schools inspector. Sealed London 4 June 1930.
National Probate Calendar.
1. Census: England, 2 Apr 1871, Old Vicarage Leyton ESS. Rowland is recorded as a son aged 4 a scholar born Launceston Tasmania.
2. Census: England, 3 Apr 1881, 55 London Rd Worcester WOR. Roland is recorded as a son aged 15 a scholar born Tasmania.
3. Census: England, 5 Apr 1891, Dudley WOR. Roland is recorded as a lodger single aged 24 Curate of St James dudley born Hobart Tasmania
4. Census: England, 31 Mar 1901, West Heslerton YKS. Roland is recorded as head of house unmarried aged 34 clergyman born Tasmania