Vint, William (DNB00)

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VINT, WILLIAM (1768–1834), congregational divine, was born at High Thrunton, near Whittingham, Northumberland, on 1 Nov. 1768. He was educated at Alnmouth and at the grammar school of Warrenford. About the age of fifteen he was placed under the tuition of Samuel Walker, minister at Northowram, with whom he studied theology. He soon obtained renown as a preacher, and on 25 Dec. 1790 was appointed minister at Idle, near Leeds in Yorkshire.

In 1795 the academy at Northowram was dissolved, and several of the students were temporarily placed with Vint to receive instruction in theology. It was felt, however, that more permanent arrangements should be made, and, chiefly through the exertions of Edward Hanson of London, a regular academy was founded at Idle in 1800. Its commencement was small, and Vint, who was sole tutor, had at first only four pupils. He was, however, a man of some learning, and the establishment prospered under his care. On 21 June 1826 it received the name of Airedale Independent College. Vint continued to direct it until his last illness. On 5 March 1834 the college was removed to Undercliffe, near Bradford, and on 20 June 1877 it was finally transferred to a new building in Bradford, near Manningham Park. On 17 Feb. 1888, by order of the charity commissioners, it was amalgamated with Rotherham College, and the two were established in the buildings of Airedale College under the name of the Yorkshire United College.

Besides acting as tutor to Airedale College, Vint continued minister of Idle till his death there on 13 March 1834. He was buried in the graveyard of the chapel. He married Sarah Sharp of Idle, who died on 5 Nov. 1855. By her he left six sons and two daughters. There is a portrait of Vint at the Yorkshire United College. Two engravings also exist: one by Richardson for the ‘Evangelical Magazine,’ 1819; the other by Henry Meyer.

A printing press was established at Idle in 1824 under the management of his brother, John Vint, at which William's publications, to the number of seventeen, were printed. Besides sermons, he was the author of: 1. ‘Strictures on Mr. Morison's Discourse on the Millennium,’ 1829, 8vo. 2. ‘An Enquiry into the Origin of Opinions relative to an Expected Millennium,’ 1830, 8vo. He edited: 3. ‘Life and Works of Oliver Heywood,’ 1827–5, 5 vols. 8vo. 4. ‘Illustrations of Prophecy by Joseph Lomas Towers,’ 1828, 2 vols. 8vo. 5. ‘The Suffering Christian's Companion,’ a selection of discourses, 1830, 12mo. 6. ‘The Active Christian's Companion,’ 1830, 12mo. 7. ‘The Privileged Christian's Companion,’ 1830, 12mo. 8. The elder Jonathan Edwards's ‘Humble Attempt to promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God's People in extraordinary Prayer for the Revival of Religion,’ 1831, 8vo. 9. ‘A Selection of Hymns,’ 3rd edit. 1834.

[Turner's Nonconformity in Idle (with portrait), 1876; Letter by William Curry containing some account of the Rev. William Vint, 1834.]

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