Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Mayo, Daniel

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MAYO, DANIEL (1672?–1733), presbyterian minister, son of Richard Mayo [q. v.], was born about 1672. He was educated by his father, had the degree of M.A., probably from Glasgow, and finished his studies at Leyden under Hermann Witsius. He settled in London as assistant to Vincent Alsop [q. v.], but removed in 1698 to Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, where he was pastor of the presbyterian congregation in succession to John Goffe. At Kingston he kept a school, at which Philip Doddridge, D.D. [q. v.] was a pupil (1712–15). On the death in 1714 of Matthew Henry [q. v.], the votes were equal for Mayo and John Barker (1682–1762) [q. v.] as his successor at Mare Street, Hackney. The congregation divided; an influential secession built a new meeting-house for Mayo at the Gravel Pit, Hackney. He now preached both at Kingston and Hackney, having George Smyth (ordained 19 Dec. 1716) as his colleague in both charges. At the Salters' Hall rupture [see Bradbury, Thomas] he went with the subscribers, and in 1723 he resigned Hackney to succeed Jeremiah Smith (d. 20 Aug.), one of the four leaders of the subscribing presbyterians, and one of the two pastors at Meeting House Yard, Silver Street, Wood Street. He appears still to have resided at Kingston and kept on his school. In 1724 he was elected a trustee of Dr. Williams's foundations. He preached the funeral sermon (1732) for Edmund Calamy, D.D. [q. v.] He was a good practical preacher, and a strong whig in politics. He died at Kingston on 13 June 1733, aged 61. Funeral sermons were preached by his colleague, Thomas Bures, and by William Harris, D.D. [q. v.] He was succeeded at Kingston from 1723 by Daniel Mayo the younger, probably his son.

He published, besides separate sermons, 1700–32, several being funeral sermons: 1. ‘Thomas against Bennet,’ &c., 1702, 8vo (anon.; see Bennet, Thomas, D.D. Mayo furnished a preface and postscript, against Bennet, to a reprint, 1703, 8vo, of ‘A Treatise of Divine Worship’ by William Bradshaw (1571–1618) [q. v.]). 2. ‘The Modesty … of a High Churchman,’ &c., 1707, 8vo (against John Jacques). To the continuation of Matthew Henry's ‘Exposition,’ 1710, fol., he contributed the notes on 2 Corinthians and 1 and 2 Thessalonians.

[Wilson's Dissenting Churches of London, 1800, iii. 60 sq.; Waddington's Surrey Congregational Hist. 1866, p. 233; James's Hist. Litig. Presb. Chapels, 1867, pp. 669, 680, 697, 708, 709 sq.; Jeremy's Presbyterian Fund, 1885, pp. 124 sq.; Protestant Dissenter's Magazine, 1797, p. 472, 1799, p. 429.]

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