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Nathaniel was, like his father, John, and brother, Thomas, a non-conformist minister. He achieved some notoriety for his beliefs and was imprisoned several times. Some of his treatises were written whilst imprisoned.

His story is told in greater length and accompanied by a list of his treatises on the Digital Puritan website from whence the image above has been taken. Nathaniel also features in the “Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 58” and this entry, which provides additional information, has been published here.

Nathaniel’s birthplace is not known but he was believed to have been born around 1639. At the time his father and the family were moving from parish to parish on a regular basis. John’s puritan teachings did not generally meet the approval of the parishioners and it was this lack of acceptance that prompted his frequent moves.

Nathaniel himself was somewhat peripatetic, having preached in Sussex, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Surrey and London. Like his brother Thomas he was ejected from the Church of England in 1662 but this only served to reinforced his beliefs. He died at his home in Hoxton just outside London and was buried in Bunhill Fields cemetery in Moorgate, London on the 29th June 1697.


In 1665 the City of London Corporation decided to use some of the fen or moor fields as a common burial ground for the interment of bodies of inhabitants who had died of the plague and could not be accommodated in the churchyards. The burial ground attracted mainly dissenters from the Established Church who were of a Protestant persuasion, partly owing to their much larger numbers in the locality. The above entry has been taken from the registers of St Leonard’s in Shoreditch.


The image shows Nathaniel Vincent.

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