Laughton, George (DNB00)

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LAUGHTON, GEORGE (1736–1800), divine, born in 1736, was son of John Laughton of Bridgewater, Somerset. On 3 April 1754 he matriculated at Oxford from Wadham College, graduating B.A. in 1757, and M.A., B.D., and D.D. in 1771 (Foster, Alumni Oxon. 1715–1886, iii. 821). He served a curacy at Richmond, Surrey, from 1763 to December 1775, and was instituted to the vicarage of Welton, Northamptonshire, on 2 Nov. 1785 (Baker, Northamptonshire, i. 463), and to that of Chippenham, Cambridgeshire, in 1794 (Gent. Mag. vol. lxiv. pt. ii. p. 1211). Laughton, who was also J.P. for Cambridgeshire, died at Chippenham in June 1800 (ib. vol. lxx. pt. i. p. 593). Besides three sermons he published: 1. 'The History of Ancient Egypt, ... from the first settlement under Mizraim, B.C. 2188, to the final subversion of the Empire by Cambyses,' 8vo, London, 1774. 2. 'The Progress and Establishment of Christianity, in reply to ... Mr. Gibbon,' 4to, London, 1780; another edition, 1786. 3. 'Sermons on the Great Doctrines and Duties of Christianity,' 8vo, London, 1790.

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