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John Whitelamb (1710-69)

John Whitelamb was born into a poor family at Hatfield in Lincolnshire. He was educated at a charity school and in 1727 was appointed secretary to Samuel Wesley at Epworth. In return for his duties, he was taught Latin and Greek.

Whitelamb went up to Lincoln College Oxford in 1731 and had John Wesley as his tutor. During his time at the university, Whitelamb was very much under the wing of the Wesley family. Whitelamb was ordained in 1733 and returned to Lincolnshire as Samuel Wesley's curate. After his marriage to Wesley's daughter Mary, Whitelamb was presented with the living of Wroot in Lincolnshire by his father-in-law and remained there until his death.

Source: Encyclopedia of World Methodism (1974) and Dictionary of Evangelical Biography 1739-1860 edited by Donald M. Lewis (1995)

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