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Charles Kinchin (1711-1742)

Charles Kinchin was born at Woodmancote in Hampshire. He was educated from 1725 at Corpus Christi College Oxford. Kinchin was elected a fellow in 1731 and dean from 1736.

Kinchin was a member of the Holy Club and emerged as its leader after the Wesley brothers left Oxford. He was ordained into the Anglican ministry and in 1735 was appointed Rector of Dummer in Hampshire. He was assisted by a succession of evangelical curates including George Whitefield and James Hervey.

Kinchin in his later years was drawn towards the Moravians. He died in London of smallpox in January 1742.

Source: Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860, edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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