Andrew Kippis

(1725—1795) Presbyterian minister and biographer

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Andrew Kippis was born at Nottingham on 28 March 1725 and died in London on 8 October 1795. After the death of his father, a silk-hosier, he was placed in the care of his grandmother at Sleaford, Lincolnshire, where he was educated. He then resolved to become a dissenting minister and entered Doddridge's academy at Northampton in 1741. He was minister at Boston, Lincolnshire from 1746 and then at Dorking, Surrey from 1750, before settling in London as the minister of the Presbyterian congregation in Princes Street, Westminster in 1753. He rapidly became one of the leading London dissenting ministers, elected a trustee of the Presbyterian Fund and of Dr Williams' Trust. In 1763 he succeeded David Jennings as tutor at the Coward Academy in Hoxton. In 1767 he was made DD of Edinburgh on the recommendation of William Robertson. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1778 and of the Royal Society in 1779. He resigned from the Hoxton Academy in 1784, the year before its dissolution, but nevertheless became one of the tutors at the dissenting college at Hackney established in 1786. His pupils included William Godwin and Samuel Rogers; his fellow tutors, Richard Price and Joseph Priestley. His funeral sermon was preached by Abraham Rees.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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