David Clarkson (minister)

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David Clarkson (1622 – 14 June 1686) was an English ejected minister.

David Clarkson

Life[edit]

The son of Robert Clarkson, he was born at Bradford, Yorkshire, where he was baptised on 3 March 1622. He was educated at Clare Hall, Cambridge, and by virtue of a warrant from the Earl of Manchester was admitted fellow on 5 May 1645, being then B.A. Clarkson had pupils until 26 March 1650, among them John Tillotson, who succeeded him in his fellowship about 27 November 1651.[1]

Clarkson obtained the perpetual curacy of Mortlake, Surrey, and held it till his ejection by the Uniformity Act 1662. After two decades of covert movement he became, in July 1682, colleague to John Owen as pastor of an independent church in London, and on Owen's death in the following year he succeeded him as sole pastor. He died rather suddenly on 14 June 1686, and his funeral sermon was preached by William Bates.[1]

Works[edit]

Clarkson published:[1]

  • The Practical Divinity of the Papists proved destructive to Christianity, 1672.
  • Animadversions upon the Speeches of the Five Jesuits, 1679.
  • No Evidence for Diocesan Churches or any Bishops without the Choice or Consent of the People in the Primitive Times, 1681. In reply to Edward Stillingfleet.
  • Diocesan Churches not yet discovered in the Primitive Times, 1682, in support of the previous work.

Posthumous were:[1]

  • A Discourse of the Saving Grace of God, 1688 (preface by John Howe).
  • Primitive Episcopacy, 1688; reissued 1689 (answered by Henry Maurice, in Defence of Diocesan Episcopacy,’ 1691).
  • A Discourse concerning Liturgies, 1689 (French translation, Rotterdam, 1716).
  • Sermons and Discourses on several Divine Subjects, 1696. This is one of the folio volumes sometimes found in old dissenting chapels, originally attached by a chain to a reading-desk (e.g. at Lydgate, Hinckley, Coventry).
  • Funeral Sermon for John Owen, D.D., 1720, and in Owen's Collection of Sermons, 1721.

Clarkson also contributed sermons to Samuel Annesley's Morning Exercise at Cripplegate, 1661, and to Nathaniel Vincent's Morning Exercise against Popery, 1675. His Select Works were edited for the Wycliffe Society by Basil Henry Cooper and John Blackburn, 1846.[1]

Family[edit]

Clarkson married a daughter of Sir Henry Holcroft. Thomas Ridgley's funeral sermon for his daughter Gertrude was printed in 1701.[1]

Clarkson's brother William held the sequestered rectory of Adel, Yorkshire, and died not long before the Restoration. His sister was married to Sharp, uncle of John Sharp, and father of Thomas Sharp, the ejected minister.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1887). "Clarkson, David" . Dictionary of National Biography. 10. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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Attribution

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainStephen, Leslie, ed. (1887). "Clarkson, David" . Dictionary of National Biography. 10. London: Smith, Elder & Co.