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William Bromley Cadogan (1751-1797)

William Bromley Cadogan was born in London, the second son of the Earl of Cadogan. He was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church Oxford, graduating in 1773. After ordination into the Anglican ministry, Cadogan was appointed to the wealthy living of St Giles, Reading. He added a second parish in 1775 with his appointment to the family living of St Luke's, Chelsea.

In the early years of his ministry, Cadogan appears to have been hostile to the evangelical movement and he dismissed a curate of that persuasion from Reading.  Such an action was in keeping with Cadogan's personality — he was said to be abrupt and autocratic. He was nevertheless an active parish priest, closely involved in sick visiting, distributing bibles and in generosity to the poor.

After a serious illness in 1782, Cadogan adopted evangelical views. He divided his time between his two parishes and employed the well-known evengelical Erasmus Middleton as his curate in Chelsea.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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