Samuel Bold was probably born in Chester. An Anglican divine of moderate Calvinist persuasion and non-conformist sympathies, he was vicar of Shapwick in Dorset from 1674 to 1688 and rector of Steeple on the Isle of Purbeck from 1682 until his death. His earliest publications, A Sermon against Persecution and A Plea for Moderation towards Dissenters (both 1682), brought civil and ecclesiastic indictments against him. He was briefly imprisoned and fined. His commitment to toleration and to freedom of conscience predisposed him to become a defender of Locke's positions.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.