Crompton, William (1633-1696) (DNB00)

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CROMPTON, WILLIAM (1633–1696), nonconformist divine, eldest son of William Crompton, incumbent of St. Mary Magdalene, Launceston, Cornwall, was born at Little Kimble, Buckinghamshire, on 13 Aug. 1963; was admitted into Merchant Taylors' School in 1647; and became a student of Christ Church, Oxford, by the authority of the parliament visitors, in 1648. He took his degrees in arts and was presented to the living of Collumpton, Devonshire, from which at the Restoration he was ejected for nonconformity. Afterwards 'he lived there, and sometimes at Exeter, carrying on in those places and elsewhere a constant course of preaching in conventicles.' He died in 1696.

Among his works are: 1. 'An useful Tractate to further Christians of these Dangerous and Backsliding Times in the practice of the most needful Duty of Prayer,' London, 1659, 8vo.  2. 'A Remedy against Idolatry : or, a Pastor's Farewell to a beloved Flock, in some Preservatives against Creature-worship,' London, 1667, 8vo.  3. 'Brief Survey of the Old Religion,' London, 1672, 8vo.  4. 'The Foundation of God, and the immutability thereof, laid for the salvation of his elect.'

[Wood's Athenæ Oxon. (Bliss) iv. 626; Robinson's Register of Merchant Taylors' School, i. 180; Cat. of Printed Books in Brit. Mus.; Calamy's Abridgment of Baxter (1713). ii. 247; Palmer's Nonconformist's Memorial (1802), ii. 13.]

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