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Richard Whittingham (1758-1845)

 

Richard Whittingham was born at Minshul Vernon in the parish of Middlewich, Cheshire, the son of Samuel and Hannah Whittingham. He was ordained into the Anglican Church and served for twenty-three years as curate to the famous evangelical John Berridge of Everton in Bedfordshire.

Whittingham was Vicar of Potton (adjoining Everton) for thirty-nine years and 'stood renowned for his Christian integrity and examplary piety, his urbanity of manners...unabating activity and zeal in the cause of the Redeemer'. He was particularly active in the formation of Bible Societies throughout Bedfordshire and was still preaching twice a Sunday until a week before his death at the age of eighty-seven.

Whittingham was described as 'the last, or nearly so, of that race of divines who were instrumental in promoting that revival which took place when the church was sunk into a state of spiritual slumber and indifference'.

Whittingham published a biography of Berridge and a collection of psalms and hymns.

He was married to Mary Gaussen, the daughter of Peter and Anna Maria Gaussen. His wife was the niece of the famous Methodist evangelist Mary Bosanquet-Fletcher.

Source: Burke's Landed Gentry, volume 1 (1898), and Fletcher-Tooth collection (MARC)

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