Richard Vines

(1600—1656) Church of England clergyman

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(1600?–56), Puritan divine. Educated at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he became a good Greek scholar, he was a schoolmaster and non-resident rector of two parishes. On 30 Nov. 1642 he preached before the House of Commons and in 1643 was nominated a member of the Westminster Assembly, where he became a member of the committee which drafted the Confession. In 1644 he became Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge. In the same year he was put on the Parliamentary Committee of Accommodation, and, though episcopally ordained, defended Presbyterian ordinations. He was opposed, however, to lay elders as Church governors. In 1645 he was present at the negotiations between Charles I and Parliament, and in 1648 he took part in a written discussion with the King on episcopacy. In 1649 he opposed the abolition of the kingly office and the House of Peers, and being ejected from Pembroke College and Watton Rectory he became minister of St Lawrence Jewry.

From The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church in Oxford Reference.

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