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Monday, 12 May 2014

British Calvinists: Edmund Calamy (1600-1666)

Edmund Calamy (1600-1666) was born in London and graduated from Pembroke Hall with a BA in 1620 and MA in 1623; he was a key Presbyterian leader. He is often known as 'the elder' his son was also called Edmund Jr(1634-1685) (the younger) and his grandson, the son of Edmund (III) was also called Edmund (1671-1732), this Edmund was a historian; all of them were nonconformists. 

Father  and son (Jr)  were both ejected from their parishes during the Great Ejection in 1662. All three were educated at Merchant Taylors' School. 
Edmund the elder was a chaplain to Nicholas Felton, the bishop of Ely and became vicar of St Mary's Swaffam Prior in Cambridgeshire. It was here worked with Jeremiah Burroughes. 

In 1639 he became the perpetual curate of St Mary Aldermanbury in London. He became involved in arguments against the Episcopacy. He was part of the  amalgam "Smectymnus' (the others were Stephen Marshall, Thomas Young, Mathew Newcomen and William Spurstowe) who wrote against the Episcopacy. 

He was an active member of the Westminster assembly particularly in the debates regarding church government. 

Some of his writings are available here:

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