1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Milner, Joseph
MILNER, JOSEPH (1744-1797), English evangelical divine, was born at Leeds and 'educated at Leeds grammar-school and Cambridge. After taking his degree he went to Thorparch, Yorkshire, as curate and assistant schoolmaster. Subsequently he became head master of Hull grammar-school, and in 1768 he was chosen afternoon lecturer at Holy Trinity church, Hull. He became a strong supporter of the evangelical movement of the period, and greatly contributed to its success in Hull. In addition to his work as head master, he took charge of North Ferriby parish, about 9 m. from Hull. His published works include essays and numerous sermons, but his best known work is the History of the Church of Christ (London, 1794-1809). He lived to complete the first three volumes, and two more were added by his brother, Isaac Milner (1750-1820), dean of Carlisle, who re-edited the whole work in 1810.