Robert Vaughan was born in Bristol on 14 October 1795 and died in Torquay on 15 June 1868. Deprived of formal theological training, he studied under the guidance of William Thorp, minister of Castle Green Congregational church, Bristol. He read voraciously and, notwithstanding the somewhat dusty remark of his memorialist that ‘everyone knows’ that self-education ‘cannot supply deficiencies in the minutiae of scholarship’ ([Anon.], 1877, p. 136), Vaughan equipped himself to become minister at Angel Street, Worcester (1819–25) and Kensington (1825–43), for ten years (1833–43) combining the latter pastorate with the Professorship of Ancient and Modern History at the University of London (as University College was then known). He was the first President, and Professor of Theology, at Lancashire Independent College, Manchester (1843–57), minister at Uxbridge (1857–60) and, after a period of literary work in London, of Torquay (1867–8).
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.