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Nathaniel Gilbert junior (1761-1807)

Nathaniel Gilbert junior was the son of Nathaniel Gilbert (c.1721-1774) the pioneer of West Indian Methodism.

He was born on the island of Antigua and was ordained into the Church of England as a young man.

Like his cousin Melville Horne, he served as a curate to John Fletcher at Madeley and in 1792 was appointed as the first chaplain to the settlement of freed slaves in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

He returned to England after a stay in Africa of less than two years and spent his remaining years as the Vicar of Bledlow in Buckinghamshire.

The architect Sir George Gilbert Scott was Gilbert's great grandson.

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

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