Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Adams, Thomas (1633?-1670)

ADAMS, THOMAS (1633?–1670), one of the ejected divines of 1662, was born at Woodchurch, Cheshire, where his father and grandfather, the owners of the advowson, were both beneficed. Entering Brasenose College in July 1649, he became B.A. on 8 Feb. 1652, and fellow the same year. He was M.A. on 28 June 1655, and lecturer-dean. After a distinguished career at college he was ejected from his fellowship for nonconformity in 1662, and he spent the remainder of his life as chaplain in private families. He died on 11 Dec. 1670. His learning, piety, good-humour, and diligence are celebrated by Calamy. He wrote: ‘Protestant Union, or Principles of Religion wherein the Dissenters agree with the Church of England;’ and ‘The Main Principles of Christian Religion,’ in 107 articles, 1676 and 1677, prefaced by his younger brother Richard (the ejected minister of St. Mildred's, Bread Street, London), and addressed to the inhabitants of Wirrall.

[Wood's Athenæ (Bliss), iv. 604; Fasti, ii. 170, 187; Calamy's Account (1713). p. 66; Harl. MS. 2163, 40,78; Gastrell's Not. Cestr. (Chetham Soc.) i. 180–1; Ormerod's Hist. Cheshire, ii. 524.]

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