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NameRichard Steele (Steale, Steel)
DenominationDissenter - Presbyterian
Livedb. 1629-05-10 - d. 1692-11-16 (old)
Linked Manuscripts
Linked SermonsSermon 1 on 1 Thessalonians 4:18 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon 1 on Proverbs 16:31 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon 1 on Romans 2:4 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on 1 John 1:7 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on 1 Peter 2:24 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on 1 Timothy 1:15 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Deuteronomy 5:32 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Ecclesiastes 12:1 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Ecclesiastes 7:2 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Hebrews 12:11 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Hebrews 12:2 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Hebrews 2:1-3 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Isaiah 66:2 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on James 2:10 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Jeremiah 30:7 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Jeremiah 6:16 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Job 16:22 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on John 12:14 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on John 14:15 -- preacher? (autograph: no)Sermon on John 3:4 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on John 6:35 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Luke 18:1-6 -- auditor? (autograph: no)Sermon on Matthew 25:3-4 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Matthew 6:9 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Philippians 1:8 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Psalms 119:6 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Psalms 122:6 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Psalms 19:1 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Psalms 37:25 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Psalms 71:18 -- preacher (autograph: no)Sermon on Romans 8:32 -- preacher (autograph: no)
Linked Reports
Associated PlacesHanmer -- ParishSt John's College -- Place of StudyArmourers' Hall, Coleman Street -- PostBartholomew Close, Smithfield -- PostCorpus Christi College -- PostHoxton -- PostWestmoreland House -- Post
Source of DataLucy Busfield; Jeanne Shami; Hannah Wood
Biographical Sources ConsultedODNB (Article: 26346); Calamy Revised, pp. 461-462
Other NoteRichard Steele (also spelled "Steale" or "Steel" [Sermon on Jeremiah 6:16, MS Rawl. E. 108]) was born at Claycroft in Barthomley, Cheshire on 10 May 1629 to Robert Steele, husbandman. He was educated at Northwich grammar school before matriculating as a sizar from St John’s College, Cambridge in 1642; he graduated B.A. in 1650 and proceeded M.A. in 1651. He became chaplain at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and was incorporated M.A. at Oxford in 1656. Sympathetic to the parliamentarians during the civil wars, Steele served as assistant to the parliamentary commission for north Wales in 1654. He was admitted the living of Hanmer in Flintshire that same year, aligning his parish with the fourth Shropshire classical presbytery. During the Restoration he was twice called before the court for not reading the Book of Common Prayer; instead of subscribing, he resigned his living in 1662. He was briefly imprisoned on suspicion of treason in 1663, and was again arrested in Flintshire in 1665. In 1672 he was licensed during the indulgence as a presbyterian at Westmoreland House. While living in London he preached to a gathering at Armourers’ Hall in Coleman Street and to a congregation in Hoxton, moving to a meeting at Bartholomew Close in 1678. He registered as a preacher at Hoxton after the Revolution of 1688. Steele wrote several works of popular piety directed at the lower orders. He died in London on 16 November 1692 and was buried at St Bartholomew-the-Great. He was survived by his wife Frances and their children Richard, John, Abigail, and Hannah.
GEMMS record createdApril 21, 2016
GEMMS record last editedDecember 19, 2021