John Brinsley the Younger
John Brinsley the Younger (1600–1665) was an English nonconforming clergyman, an ejected minister in 1662.
He was born at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, son of John Brinsley the Elder. Having been taught by his father, he was admitted to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, at the age of thirteen years and a half. He attended his maternal uncle, Joseph Hall, then dean of Worcester, at the synod of Dort (1618–19), as his amanuensis. On his return to Cambridge he was elected to a scholarship in his college, and took his degrees (B.A. 1619, M.A. 1623).
After being ordained he preached first at Preston, near Chelmsford. In 1625 he was appointed by the corporation of Great Yarmouth their minister. The dean and chapter of Norwich, claiming the right of nomination, disputed the appointment, and he was summoned before the high court of commission at Lambeth. At mid-summer 1627 dismissed from his ministerial function in Yarmouth church, by a decree in chancery, given upon a certificate made by Archbishop William Laud. He continued, however, to preach in the town, in what was then the Dutch church. The corporation meanwhile persevered in their struggle with the bishop and the court in his behalf, till in 1632 the king in council forbade his officiating at Yarmouth altogether, committed to prison four persons including Miles Corbet, then recorder of the town, for abetting him.
Brinsley after this exercised his pastoral duties in Lothingland, and, through the interest of Sir John Wentworth of Somerleyton Hall, was appointed to the cure of the parish of Somerleyton. Under the Commonwealth was again chosen one of the town preachers at Yarmouth, and it is said that he occupied the chancel of the church with the presbyterians, while William Bridge with the congregationalists was in possession of the north aisle, and the south aisle, with the nave, was left to the regular minister. Service in all these was performed simultaneously, the corporation having divided the building for the purpose in 1649.
At the Restoration he was ejected for refusing the terms of conformity. His death occurred on 22 January 1665, and he was buried in St. Nicholas's Church, Yarmouth, with several others of the family.
Brinsley published many treatises and sermons, including:
- The Healing of Israels breaches, London, 1642.
- Church Reformation tenderly handled in four sermons, London, 1643.
- The doctrine and practice of Pædo-baptisme asserted and vindicated, London, 1645.
- Stand Still; or, a Bridle for the Times, London, 1647 and 1652.
- Two Treatises: the One handling the Doctrine of Christ's Mediatorship. The other of Mystical Implantation, 2 parts, London, 1651-2.
- The Mystical Brasen Serpent, with the Magnetical Vertue thereof; or, Christ exalted upon the Cross, 2 parts, London, 1653.
- Two Treatises: I. The Saints Communion with Jesus Christ. II. Acquaintance with God, London, 1654.
- Two Treatises: I. A Groan for Israel; or, the Churches Salvation (temporall, spirituall), the desire and joy of Saints'; II. Περιφέρεια. The Spirituall Vertigo, or Turning Sickness of Soul-Unsettlednesse in matters of Religious Concernment, 2 parts, London, 1655.
- Gospel Marrow, the great God giving himself for the sons of men; or, the sacred Mystery of Redemption by Jesus Christ, with two of the ends thereof, justification and sanctification, doctrinally opened, and practically applied, 2 parts, London, 1659.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Brinsley, John (1600-1665)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.