Balguy, Thomas

Balguy, Thomas D.D., son of John, was born in Yorkshire in 1716, and educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, where in 1741 he became M.A., and in 1758 D.D. In 1757, under the patronage of Hoadley, he was made prebendary of Winchester, and afterward archdeacon of Salisbury and Winchester. He abandoned Hoadley's "latitudinarianism," and brought his sound scholarship to the "defense of the Christian religion and of the English Church." He wrote a number of excellent sermons and charges, which may be found in his Discourses on various Subjects, edited by Drake, with a Memoir of Balguy (Cambridge, 1822, 2 vols. 8vo). He wrote, also, Divine Benevolence vindicated from the Reflections of Sceptics (Lond. 2d ed. 1803, 12mo). He died unmarried, Jan. 19, 1795. See Hook, Eccl. Biog. 1:477; Rose, Biog. Dict. s.v.

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