Matthew Warren was born in Otterford, Somerset and died in Taunton on 14 June 1706. He was educated at Crewkerne Grammar School and St John's College Oxford. On the Restoration of the monarchy in 1660 he left Oxford with his tutor, and spent a year as private tutor in Reading. Returning to Otterford, he was (though unbeneficed) silenced under the Act of Uniformity in 1662. Thereafter he lived dangerously, but was never apprehended. In 1672 he was licensed by the Presbyterians. By 1687 he was in Taunton, where, with Emanuel Hartford, he founded a dissenting congregation, Paul's Meeting, pledged to uphold liberty of conscience, and conducted an academy.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.