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David Simpson (1745-99)

David Simpson was born near Northallerton in Yorkshire, the son of a farm bailiff. He was educated at St John's College Cambridge and was ordained deacon in 1769 and priest in 1771. After two curacies in the south of England he was appointed to St Michael's Church in Macclesfield, Cheshire. Simpson's style of preaching earned him the title of Methodist, and after meeting opposition he was deprived of his curacy in 1779. Through the influence of the wealthy evangelical sympathiser Charles Roe, Simpson was then appointed Vicar of Christ Church Macclesfield where he remained for the rest of his life.

Simpson was a staunch supporter of Methodism. John Wesley often preached at Christ Church and Simpson attended the Conference of 1784. In addition to his ministerial duties he also ran an evening charity school which was succeeded by a Sunday School in 1796.

Simpson's published works include hymnbooks, doctrinal works and spiritual biographies.

Source: Alumni Cantabrigienses compiled by J. A. Venn (1940), Dictionary of National Biography and Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974)

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