Anthony Burges

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Anthony Burges or Burgess (died 1664) was a Nonconformist English clergyman, a prolific preacher and writer.


He was a son of a schoolmaster at Watford, and not related to Cornelius Burgess or John Burges, his predecessor at Sutton Coldfield. He studied at St. John's College, Cambridge from 1623.[1] He became a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[2] At Emmanuel he was tutor to John Wallis[3][4]

From 1635 he was Rector at Sutton Coldfield; during the First English Civil War, he took refuge in Coventry, and lectured the parliamentary garrison. He was a member of the Westminster Assembly. He lost his position as Rector in 1662, after the Restoration, despite John Hacket's urging to conform, and then lived at Tamworth.[4][5]


He published various separate sermons, including a funeral sermon on Thomas Blake, and:

  • Vindiciae Legis, a Vindication of the Moral Law . . . (against Antinomians) in twenty-nine lectures at Lawrence Jury,' 1646.
  • The True Doctrine of Justification Asserted and Vindicated from the Errors of Papists, Arminians, Socinians, and Antinomians, in thirty lectures at Lawrence Jury, 1648.
  • Spiritual Refining (120 sermons), 1652.
  • A Treatise of Justification, Including On the Natural Righteousness of God, and Imputed Righteousness of Christ (1654)
  • Expository Sermons (145) on the 17th chapter of the Gospel according to St. John, 1656
  • The Scripture Directory ... a Practical Commentary upon the whole third chapter of the First Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians, to which is annexed the Godly and Natural Man's Choice, &c., 1659.
  • Doctrine of Original Sin asserted, 1659.[4]

Two volumes of his major work on justification appeared, followed by works of the 1650s on grace and original sin.[6]


  1. ^ "Burgess, Anthony (BRGS623A)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  2. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography, under "Anthony Burgess".
  3. ^ Christopher Hill, Intellectual Origins of the English Revolution (1965), p. 108.
  4. ^ a b c s:Burgess, Anthony (DNB00)
  5. ^ History of Sutton Coldfield A to D
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-13. 

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 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Burgess, Anthony". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.