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William Kiffin, Merchant

Friday, August 14th, 2009

I recently found an interesting letter linking William Kiffin to the import of Irish wool in 1673. The wool belonged to the Marquess of Ormond. The letter, from Col. Richard Laurence to Capt. George Mathew, describes the business of transporting and importing the wool. It provides an interesting insight into the esteem in which Kiffin […]

The Trial of Benjamin Keach (Part 4)

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

We arrive at the climax and denouement of our story.  Judge Hyde accuses Keach of being a Fifth Monarchy Man, which interestingly, Keach does not deny. This does not mean, of course, that he accepted this moniker. Perhaps he knew that responding to such a charge might only make matters worse. In any case, Keach […]

The Trial of Benjamin Keach (Part 3)

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Though Keach was offered the opportunity of waiting, he seems to have desired to move ahead without delay.

The Trial of Benjamin Keach (Part 2)

Friday, July 24th, 2009

We continue with more of the account of Benjamin Keach’s trial. The Clarendon Code was in full force, and one senses the bitterness directed toward the current clergy of that church in Keach’s remarks.

The Trial of Benjamin Keach (Part 1)

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Records from the English court system exist in a variety of places; many are accessible to us through massive published volumes. In light of our recent excerpt about Benjamin Keach, it seems good to follow it with a more detailed account. This happened during the reign of Charles II, after the Act of Uniformity had […]

Benjamin Keach, Worthy of Buckinghamshire

Monday, July 20th, 2009

English County histories are often interesting and entertaining. When written by someone sympathetic with Dissent, they frequently include vignettes about incidents during the 17th Century involving people we admire. I recently found this brief treatment of Benjamin Keach in Robert Gibbs’s 1888 book The Worthies of Buckinghamshire and Men of Note of that County.

Tewkesbury’s Old Baptist Chapel

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Several years ago, I purchased a booklet on eBay about a building called the Old Baptist Chapel in Tewkesbury. It purported to be the oldest extant Baptist meeting house in England. Reading the booklet made it seem like a worthwhile visit for our tour. Reality by far exceeded expectations.

The Lord’s Day in Bradford-on-Avon

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Perhaps the best day of our tour was the Lord’s Day we spent in Bradford-on-Avon. We worshiped at the Old Baptist Chapel, a congregation in existence since the 17th Century. They sent messengers to the Particular Baptist General Assembly in London in 1689, and they still believe the same things today.

Gainsborough’s Old Hall

Friday, July 10th, 2009

On the day of our Pilgrim Tour, we visited a really wonderful site, Gainsborough’s Old Hall. While it is always fun to see an ancient Manor House, especially one so authentic as this, it is even better when the building has such an important historical tie.

Pulpits: The Preached Word (Part 2)

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Here are some pulpits from the second half of our tour. There is an extra surprise included.

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