William Bagshaw 1628-1702
William BAGSHAW 1628-1702
Born at Litton, Derbyshire, son of William Bagshaw, yeoman (and later, wealthy landowner, who disapproved of his son’s clerical career). Matriculated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge 1646, but did not graduate. Assistant minister to James Fisher, in Sheffield, 1649; vicar of Glossop, Derbyshire 1651. Ejected in 1662, he moved to his father’s estate at Ford Hall, Chapel-en-le-Frith, which he inherited in 1669. He became an active Presbyterian minister across Derbyshire (“the Apostle of the Peak”), licensed to preach in 1672, and developing Ford Hall as a centre for Presbyterian study. He published numerous devotional works and sermons.
Bagshaw’s probate inventory listed books valued at £152 10s, from a total estate valued at £268.
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- Matthews, A. G. Calamy revised. Oxford, 1934.