Thomas Tregenna Biddulph

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Thomas Tregenna Biddulph (1763–1838) was an English cleric, a leading evangelical in the Bristol area. He particularly opposed the evangelical secession around George Baring (1781–1854), the "western Schism". [1]

Bristol City and county in England

Bristol is a city and county in South West England with a population of 463,400. The wider district has the 10th-largest population in England. The urban area population of 724,000 is the 8th-largest in the UK. The city borders North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, with the cities of Bath and Gloucester to the south-east and north-east, respectively. South Wales lies across the Severn estuary.



He was the only son of the Rev. Thomas Biddulph by his first wife, Martha, daughter and coheir of Rev. John Tregenna, rector of Mawgan in Cornwall, and was born at Claines, Worcestershire, 5 July 1763; his father became in 1770 the vicar of Padstow in Cornwall. He was educated at Truro grammar school, and aged 17 matriculated at The Queen's College, Oxford (23 November 1780). He took his degrees of B.A. and M.A. in 1784 and 1787, respectively. [2]

St Mawgan village in Cornwall, England

St Mawgan or St Mawgan in Pydar is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The population of this parish at the 2011 census was 1,307. The village is situated four miles northeast of Newquay, and the parish also includes the hamlet of Mawgan Porth. The nearby Royal Air Force station, RAF St. Mawgan, takes its name from the village and is next to Newquay Cornwall Airport. The River Menalhyl runs through St Mawgan village and the valley is known as The Vale of Lanherne. It was the subject of a poem by poet Henry Sewell Stokes.

Cornwall County of England

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Claines village in United Kingdom

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Biddulph was ordained deacon by John Ross, Bishop of Exeter, 26 September 1785, was licensed to the curacy of Padstow, and preached his first sermon in its church. After holding numerous curacies he became the incumbent of Bengeworth near Evesham in 1793. He retained this living for ten years, but mostly resided in Bristol, and it was as the incumbent from 1799 to 1838 of St. James's, Bristol, that his reputation as a preacher and a parish priest was acquired. [2]

John Ross (bishop of Exeter) English bishop of Exeter, born 1719

John Ross or Rosse (1719–1792) was an English Bishop of Exeter.

Bishop of Exeter Diocesan bishop in the Church of England

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Bengeworth village in United Kingdom

Bengeworth is a locality adjoining Evesham in Worcestershire, England. In 1887 it had a population of 1,311. Today it has a school and an Anglican church.

With ideas that were at first unpopular in Bristol, in time Biddulph became accepted. He died at St. James's Square, Bristol, 19 May 1838, and was buried 29 May. [2] He shared Hutchinsonian views with William Romaine. [1]

William Romaine Anglican priest and writer

William Romaine, evangelical divine of the Church of England, was author of works once highly thought of by the evangelicals, the trilogy The Life, the Walk, and the Triumph of Faith.


A lengthy catalogue of Biddulph's writings is in Bibliotheca Cornubiensis. All his works were of evangelical doctrine and theology; he engaged in controversy with John Hey, Richard Warner, and Richard Mant. A periodical called at first Zion's Trumpet, then known for many years under as The Christian Guardian,' was set up him in 1798. [2]

John Hey (1734–1815) was an English cleric, the first Norrisian Professor of Theology at Cambridge.

Rev. Richard Warner (1763–1857) was an English clergyman and writer of a considerable number of topographical books based on his walks and his interest in antiquarianism.

Richard Mant was an English churchman who became a bishop in Ireland. He was a prolific writer, his major work being a History of the Church of Ireland.


Biddulph's wife Rachel, daughter of Zachariah Shrapnel, whom he married at Bradford, Wiltshire, 19 February 1789, died at St. James's Square, Bristol, 10 August 1828. [2]


  1. 1 2 Carter, Grayson. "Biddulph, Thomas Tregenna". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/2364.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1886). "Biddulph, Thomas Tregenna"  . Dictionary of National Biography . 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co.


Wikisource-logo.svg  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain :  Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1886). "Biddulph, Thomas Tregenna". Dictionary of National Biography . 5. London: Smith, Elder & Co.<

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