(1660–1728), Presbyterian minister and polemicist. Born in Leeds and educated at English dissenting academies, he was the countess of Donegall's chaplain before accepting a call to join the Revd Daniel Williams in the pastorate of Wood Street congregation in Dublin. As well as attacking popery, he defended Presbyterianism against episcopalian critics like Archbishop King, orthodox Christology against the Arianism of Thomas Emlyn, and Presbyterian political principles against William Tisdal, Church of Ireland vicar of Belfast. He opposed subscription to the Westminister Confession as a test of orthodoxy, urging liberty for ministers and ordinands to make their own declarations of faith, a proposal accepted by the Synod of Ulster as its Pacific Act of 1720.
From The Oxford Companion to Irish History in Oxford Reference.
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