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NameWilliam Payne
DenominationChurch of England
Livedb. ca. 1650-01-01 - d. 1697-02-20 (new)
Linked Manuscripts
Linked SermonsSermon on Galatians 1:8 -- preacher? (autograph: no)
Linked ReportsLetters of Thomas Tenison -- author of letterLetters of Thomas Tenison -- preacher
Associated PlacesFrinsted -- ParishSt Mary, Whitechapel -- ParishSt Mildred Poultry -- ParishWormshill -- ParishMagdalene College -- Place of StudyWestminster Abbey -- Post
Source of DataJennifer Farooq; David Robinson; Hannah Wood
Biographical Sources ConsultedODNB (Article: 21657); ACAD (Venn) (ID: PN665W)
Other NoteWilliam Payne, the son of William Payne of Essex, was educated at Brentwood Free School before being admitted sizer at Magdalene College, Cambridge in 1665. He graduated B.A. in 1669, proceeded M.A. in 1672, and held a fellowship at the college from 1671 to 1675. He was ordained deacon in 1671 and priest the following year; he became rector of Wormshill, Kent in 1673, of Frinsted, Kent in 1674, and of St Mary Whitechapel, London in 1681. He was created D.D. by Cambridge in 1689. A renowned preacher, Payne also published a series of tracts between 1685 and 1688 that spoke out against Catholic doctrines, all of which were collected in one volume in Edmund Gibson’s “Preservative Against Popery” (1738). Payne was a supporter of William and Mary despite having preached non-resistance, a position that he defended in “An answer to a printed letter to Dr William Payne, concerning non-resistance and other reasons for not taking the oath” (1691). He was appointed lecturer at St Mildred Poultry, London and made chaplain-in-ordinary to William and Mary in 1689. To suppress clandestine marriages, Payne was given commission in 1690 to be visitor-royal over all London churches exempt from the jurisdiction of the bishop of London, a position that he lost in 1695. He was collated to a prebend of Westminster in 1694. Payne penned several more works towards the end of his life, including two sets of sermons (one of which was published posthumously). He died in London on 20 February 1697 and was buried in St Mary, Whitechapel. He had three sons, Squire, Robert, and Thomas, with his wife Elizabeth Squire (md.1675).
GEMMS record createdMarch 08, 2016
GEMMS record last editedAugust 10, 2021