Samuel Bolton

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Samuel Bolton
Samuel Bolton.jpg
Samuel Bolton
Born 1606 (1606)
London
Died 15 October 1654 (1654-10-16) (aged 48)
Occupation English clergyman and scholar

Samuel Bolton (1606 – 15 October 1654) was an English clergyman and scholar, a member of the Westminster Assembly and Master of Christ's College, Cambridge.

Life[edit]

Samuel Bolton was the son of William Bolton, of Lancashire.[1] He was born in London in 1606, and educated at Christ's College, Cambridge.[2] In 1643 he was chosen one of the Westminster assembly of divines. He was successively minister of St. Martin's, Ludgate Street, of St. Saviour's, Southwark, and of St. Andrew's, Holborn.[3]

He was appointed, on the death of Thomas Bainbrigg in 1646, master of Christ's College, Cambridge, and served as Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University in 1651. He has been identified with the Samuel Bolton who, in 1649, attended Henry Rich, 1st Earl of Holland on the scaffold.[4] He died, after a long illness, on 15 October 1654. Edmund Calamy preached his funeral sermon.[3]

Bolton's publication called, The Sinfulness of Sin, was originally delivered as a sermon to the House of Commons of England on a solemn day of humiliation on March 25, 1646.

Quotes[edit]

  • The law sends us to the gospel that we may be justified; and the gospel sends us to the law again to inquire what is our duty as those who are justified....The law sends us to the gospel for our justification; the gospel sends us to the law to frame our way of life.[5]

Works[edit]

His books include:

  • A Tossed Ship making for a Safe Harbour; or a Word in Season to a Sinking Kingdom (1644)
  • The True Bounds of Christian Freedom (1645)
  • A Vindication of the Rights of the Law and the Liberties of Grace (1646)
  • The Arraignment of Error (1646)
  • The Sinfulnesse of Sin (1646)
  • The Guard of the Tree of Life (1647)
  • The Wedding Garment
  • Posthumously, The Dead Saint speaking to Saints and Sinners, (with a portrait prefixed).[3]

Family[edit]

He has been incorrectly identified both as a son and a brother of Robert Bolton (1572–1631);[3] Robert Bolton's son Samuel was a clergyman who died in 1668.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Bolton, Samuel (BLTN625S)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ John Le Neve, Fasti, ed. Hardy, iii. 690, 607.
  3. ^ a b c d  "Bolton, Samuel". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 
  4. ^ Whitelocke, Mem. p. 387.
  5. ^ Samuel Bolton, The True Bounds of Christian Freedom (Edinburgh, Banner of Truth Trust, reprint, 1964)
  6. ^  "Bolton, Robert (1572–1631)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. 

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Bainbrigg
Master of Christ's College, Cambridge
1646–1654
Succeeded by
Ralph Cudworth