Philip Hunton

(c. 1602—1682) polemicist

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Philip Hunton was the son of Philip Hunton of Andover in Hampshire. He died in Westbury. He was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, taking his BA in 1626 and his MA in 1629. He took orders and was made schoolmaster of Avebury in Wiltshire, a county with which he maintained a lifelong connection. He was successively minister of Devizes, minister of Heytesbury and finally vicar of Westbury. In 1654 he was assistant to the Triers and Ejectors of Wiltshire, apparently showing much vigour in weeding out ‘scandalous, ignorant and insufficient ministers and schoolmasters’. In 1657 he was appointed master of Cromwell's new University College at Durham, a post which brought with it the substantial living of Sedgefield. Then came the Restoration. In the list of rectors of Sedgefield given in Hutchinson's History of Durham (vol. 3, p. 50) Hunton is described as ‘an intruder, ejected in 1660’. With the demise of the Durham College and his removal from Sedgefield, Hunton returned to Westbury, only to be ejected from that living also in 1662. He then held conventicles in Westbury for the rest of his life. It is said that after these misfortunes he married a wealthy widow.


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