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Sir John Thorold bt. (1703-1775)

Sir John Thorold bt. was from a wealthy Lincolnshire family. He was educated at Lincoln College Oxford and was elected to a fellowship there in 1724. Thorold resigned his university post after a year; his successor in the fellowship was John Wesley.

Thorold was on very friendly terms with the Wesleys who he knew from Lincolnshire and Oxford. He subscribed to Samuel Wesley senior's work on Job, supported the Holy Club and was a friendly correspondent of John Wesley.

Thorold was a very devout man and committed Anglican minister, despite his substantial personal fortune. He was in the habit of preaching twice a week and led daily worship. He was also a generous supporter of the SPCK and published several books on religious themes.

Thorold succeeded to his family baronetcy in 1748 and served as High Sheriff of Linconshire in 1751/52. He was married with a number of children.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography, edited by Donald Lewis (1995) and William Seward Letter Book (MARC)

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