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George Thomson (1698-1782)

George Thomson was born at Fremington in Devon. He was educated at Exeter College Oxford and after Anglican ordination, was appointed curate of Jacobstow in Cornwall. Thomson later served as a chaplain on a warship and was attached to an infantry regiment stationed in North America.

Thomson became Rector of the Cornish parish of St Gennys in 1732. He was visited by John Wesley on several occasions and was also acquainted with James Hervey and George Whitefield. Thomson sometimes assisted in conducting services in Methodist Chapels, for which he was reprimanded by his bishop. Thomson's Calvinist beliefs caused a rift between him and the Wesley brothers in 1753, although John Wesley visited him on his deathbed.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974), Kenneth Hylson Smith, Evangelicals in the Church of England 1734-1984 (1988) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography edited by Donald Lewis (1995)

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