John Milner was born near Halifax in Yorkshire and baptized on 10 February 1628. He died in Cambridge on 16 February 1702. He entered Christ's College, Cambridge in 1642, but left without getting a degree. His whereabouts during the ensuing years are uncertain, although he seems to have spent some time in Halifax and some in Oldham working as a schoolmaster and occasionally preaching. At the Restoration Milner was given the curacy of a parish in Halifax. In 1662 he was awarded a Cambridge BD and became minister of a church in Leeds. After that he received two further positions: vicar of Leeds in 1673 and prebendary of Ripon Cathedral in 1681. But he was removed from these positions in 1688 for refusing to take an oath of allegiance to William and Mary, thus joining the ranks of the ‘nonjurors’. Milner then retired to St John's College, Cambridge, where he devoted himself to historical and biblical studies.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.