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Edward Tatham (1749-1834)

Edward Tatham was born in Dent, Yorkshire. He was educated at Sedburgh School and entered Queen's College Oxford in 1769. He graduated B.A. in 1772 and M.A. in 1776.

Tatham was ordained in 1776 and was appointed Curate of Banbury. In 1781 he was elected a fellow of Lincoln College and became its acting tutor. He received a Doctorate of Divinity in 1787 and was elected sub-rector of his college in the same year. In 1792 he was elected rector.

Tatham was a noted controversialist whose attacks on the opinions of fellow clerics regularly appeared in print. His chief work was his set of Bampton lectures entitled The Chart and Scale of Truth.

Tatham was a staunch opponent of Methodism and tried to prevent the erection of a Methodist Chapel in Oxford. The famous Methodist minister Joseph Benson published a Defence of the Methodists in Five Letters to the Rev. Dr Tatham in 1793.

Source Dictionary of National Biographyand V. H. Green, Religion at Oxford and Cambridge (1964), 215.

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