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Thomas Robinson (1749-1813)

Thomas Robinson was the son of a hosier in Wakefield, Yorkshire. After a short time in business, Robinson entered Trinity College Cambridge in 1768 and was elected fellow three years later. He experienced an evangelical conversion in his second year at college and in 1771 became Curate at Witcham and Witchford in the Isle of Ely. After three years he moved to Leicester and in 1778 was appointed Vicar of Leicester St Mary's. He also held the positions of chaplain of the infirmary, the Leicester Volunteer Infantry and Leicester Gaol.

Robinson's ministry was very much in the evangelical tradition. He established a benevolent society and a Sunday School and served as chairman of the local auxiliary of the British and Foreign Bible Society. He also published a series of tracts on the nature of God. His theological position was that of a moderate Calvinist.

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

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