John Arrowsmith

Biography

ARROWSMITH, JOHN, D.D. (1602-1659), puritan divine, was born near Newcastle-on-Tyne on 29 March 1602. In 1616 he entered St. John's College, Cambridge, and graduated B.A.in 1619, and M.A. in 1623. In 1623 he became fellow of St. Catherine's Hall. He married in 1631, and became incumbent in the same year of St. Nicholas Chapel, King's Lynn. He was nominated on 25 April 1642 one of the two Norfolk divines to be consulted on church affairs. He sat as a member of the Westminster Assembly in 1643. In 1644 he was made D.D. and regius professor of divinity at Cambridge; and master of St. Catherine's Hall, in the room of Dr. Beale, removed by the Earl of Manchester. On the sequestration of the Rev. Edward Sparke, D.D. (author of Scintilla Altaris), Arrowsmith obtained the rectory of St. Martin's, Ironmonger Lane, in 1645, and became a member of the Sixth London Classis, as soon as the presbyterian form of government was set up. In 1647 he was Vice-chancellor of Cambridge University, and in 1649 became master of Trinity. His writings are sternly puritanical, but candid and clear. He must have had rich and endearing qualities and some breadth to secure for him at Cambridge the deep attachment of Whichcote, who speaks of him as 'my friend of choice, a companion of my special delight, whom in former years I have acquainted with all my heart’, and further bears testimony to ' the sweetness of his spirit and the amiableness of his conversation.' He died in February 1659, being buried 24 Feb. [Coles' MS. Athense Cantab, in Brit. Mus Tulloch's Eat. Theol.and Christ. Philos. in England in the Seventeenth Century, 1872, ii. 76-7.]
Dates:
1602–1659
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University:
Cambridge
College:
St. John's
BA:
1620
MA:
1623
Churches Served:
  • Vicar, St Nicholas's, Kings Lynn, Norfolk (1631)
  • Master, St John's College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (1644)
  • Rector, St Martin Pomeroy, London, London (1645)
  • Commissioner, Parliamentary appointment, London, London (1645)
  • Master, Trinity College, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (1653)
  • Commissioner, Parliamentary appointment (1654)
  • Visitor, Parliamentary appointment, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire (1654)
Years in the Assembly:
1643-1649
County Represented
Norfolk
Standing Committee:
2
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