Papers of David Simpson

Scope and Content

Sermons and notes re predestination.

Administrative / Biographical History

Clergyman. Simpson was born in Yorkshire in 1745. The son of a farmer, it was expected that he would follow his father's profession, but an experience during family prayers convinced Simpson of his religious calling. His father was initially sceptical but eventually repented and Simpson was given a classical education. In 1765 he entered St John's College, graduating BA in 1769. During his time as an undergraduate Simpson visited Theophilus Lindsay, then vicar of Catterick, who directed him towards study of the scriptures. A terrifying experience with a highwayman further strengthened Simpson's religious convictions. Though he did not wish to be classed a Methodist, his friendship with a group of evangelical undergraduates, especially Rowland Hill, inevitably led to such a moniker, causing Simpson problems once he became a minister. Simpson was ordained in 1771, becoming curate of Buckingham, but he was forced to leave because of opposition to his evangelical preaching. The following year he was invited by evangelical businessman Charles Roe to Macclesfield, and became assistant curate at St Michael's Church. Simpson's style of preaching, and his friendship with evangelicals such as John Wesley drew opposition, and Dr Markham, Bishop of Chester, was prevailed upon to deprive Simpson of his curacy. In reaction to this, Roe specifically built Christ Church in Macclesfield for Simpson, who was licensed there in 1779. He stayed until his death in 1799. Simpson was a popular preacher and an energetic pastor. He was involved in the foundation of friendly societies, Sunday schools, and charity schools. He also published numerous sermons, tracts and essays.

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Acquisition Information

Given by David Simpson (1826-1907), grandson of David Simpson.

Note

Clergyman. Simpson was born in Yorkshire in 1745. The son of a farmer, it was expected that he would follow his father's profession, but an experience during family prayers convinced Simpson of his religious calling. His father was initially sceptical but eventually repented and Simpson was given a classical education. In 1765 he entered St John's College, graduating BA in 1769. During his time as an undergraduate Simpson visited Theophilus Lindsay, then vicar of Catterick, who directed him towards study of the scriptures. A terrifying experience with a highwayman further strengthened Simpson's religious convictions. Though he did not wish to be classed a Methodist, his friendship with a group of evangelical undergraduates, especially Rowland Hill, inevitably led to such a moniker, causing Simpson problems once he became a minister. Simpson was ordained in 1771, becoming curate of Buckingham, but he was forced to leave because of opposition to his evangelical preaching. The following year he was invited by evangelical businessman Charles Roe to Macclesfield, and became assistant curate at St Michael's Church. Simpson's style of preaching, and his friendship with evangelicals such as John Wesley drew opposition, and Dr Markham, Bishop of Chester, was prevailed upon to deprive Simpson of his curacy. In reaction to this, Roe specifically built Christ Church in Macclesfield for Simpson, who was licensed there in 1779. He stayed until his death in 1799. Simpson was a popular preacher and an energetic pastor. He was involved in the foundation of friendly societies, Sunday schools, and charity schools. He also published numerous sermons, tracts and essays.

Preferred citation: St John's College Library, Papers of David Simpson

Archivist's Note

18 Aug 2006

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