Brinsley, John an English Nonconformist divine, nephew of bishop Hall, was born at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, in 1600, and educated at Eman'uel College, Cambridge. He preached first at Oreston, near Chelmsford, then at Smerleyton, in Suffolk, and lastly was called to Yarmouth, but, on account of his principles, was not permitted to preach except on week days at a small village, until the people of Yarmouth applied to the king for his license. At the Restoration, however, he was ejected for nonconformity. He died January 22, 1665; He published several theological and educational works. See Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v. Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.