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BRUNNING, BENJAMIN (fl. 1664), nonconformist divine, son of the Rev. John Brunning, rector of Semer in Suffolk, was baptised on 8 Oct. 1623. He received his academical education at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was admitted to a fellowship on 5 May 1645. He was ejected in 1662, and became a nonconformist minister at Ipswich. The following is the account given of him by Calamy (Ejected Ministers, li. 645): ‘Mr. Benjamin Brunning was fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge; one of great usefulness there, and of a general reputation in the university for his wit and learning. Hewasamsn of large and deep thoughts, and his grovince required it; he having the most judicious persons in the town and country, both ministers and people, for his audience.' He was author of the following sermons: 1. ‘A Sermon preached at an Election of Parliament Men, in a Critical Time,’ on James iii. 17, 1660, 4to. 2. ‘Against Impositions and Conformity, from the Second Commandment.'

[Clutterbuck’s Hertfordshire, iii. 321 n ; Addit. MS. 5853 f. 177, 19165 f. 227; Pa.lmer's Non-conformists’ Memorial, iii. 271.]

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