Batty, James an English Congregational minister, was born at Dent, Yorkshire, in 1779. In the midst of this dark and irreligious town Rev. George Whitfield once preached, and in the little chapel afterwards erected there Mr. Batty became a Christian, and soon began to lead the devotions, and eventually became the pastor (about 1816), still laboring at his worldly calling for his support. He preached three times on Sunday with great acceptance, and also in the surrounding villages with great usefulness, till his death, April 7, 1856. See (Lond.) Cong. Year-book, 1857, p. 168.