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NameDenis Granville (Grenville)
DenominationChurch of England - nonjuror
Livedb. 1637-02-13 - d. 1703-04-18 (old)
Linked SermonsSermon 1 on Haggai 1:15 -- preacher (autograph: yes)Sermon [1] on unidentified text -- preacher? (autograph: uncertain)Sermon 2 on Haggai 1:15 -- preacher (autograph: yes)Sermon [2] on unidentified text -- preacher? (autograph: uncertain)Sermon on Luke 13:3 -- preacher (autograph: uncertain)Sermon on Romans 13:1 -- preacher (autograph: uncertain)Sermon on the conditions of effectual prayer -- preacher (autograph: uncertain)Sermon on unidentified text -- preacher (autograph: partly)
Associated PlacesDurham Cathedral -- DeaneryEasington -- ParishElwick -- ParishKilkhampton -- ParishSedgefield -- ParishExeter College -- Place of StudyDurham Cathedral -- Post
Source of DataLucy Busfield; Benjamin Durham; David Robinson; Hannah Wood
Biographical Sources ConsultedODNB (Article: 11488)
Other NoteDenis Granville (alternatively Grenville, Grenvil) was born on 13 February 1637 at Kilkhampton, Cornwall to Sir Bevil Grenville (1596-1643) and his wife Grace (d.1647). Possibly educated at Eton, he matriculated from Exeter College, Oxford in 1658; he proceeded M.A. in 1660 and D.D. in 1670. He was ordained deacon in 1661, and later that year was made rector of Kilkhampton, a living he held until 1664. In 1662 he became archdeacon of Durham, rector of Easington, and prebendary of Durham Cathedral. He was preferred to the rectory of Elwick in 1664, which he exchanged in 1667 for the living of Sedgefield. These preferments were arranged by John Cosin, bishop of Durham and father of Granville’s wife Anne (m. 1662, d. 1691). Granville was known to be a strict and meticulous archdeacon and rector; however, incurred debts from his extravagant spending led to his arrest in 1674. Despite this humiliation, Granville enjoyed further promotion, becoming dean of Durham in 1684. A fierce supported of James II, Granville escaped to France in 1689 after preaching a sermon that belied his allegiances. During this time he published an apologia including “Two Farewall Sermons”, “A Farewell Speech to the Clergy of the Archdeaconry of Durham”, and “The Reasons for his Withdrawl to France” (1689), adding to his earlier publications “The Compleat Conformist” (1682) and “On the Revival of Sermons on Wednesdays and Fridays in the Cathedral” (1686). Granville visited England only twice after fleeing to France, dying in poverty in Paris on 18 April 1703. He was buried in Holy Innocents’ churchyard, predeceased by his wife in England and having fathered no children.
GEMMS record createdJuly 11, 2016
GEMMS record last editedJune 27, 2022