Byfield, Nicholas a Puritan divine, was born in Warwickshire, 1579, and entered Exeter College, Oxford, 1596. After serving as rector of St. Peter's, Chester, he became vicar of Isleworth in 1615, and died in 1622. "He had an excellent character for learning, sound judgment, quick invention, and success in the ministry." He published A Commentary on 1 Peter, Chapters1-3 (Lond. 1637, fol.): — The Promises (Lond. 1647, 12mo): — Exposition of the Colossians (Lond. 1615, fol.): — Assurance of God's Love and Man's Salvation (Lond. 1614, 8vo): — Exposition of the Apostles' Creed (Lond, 1626, 4to). — Darling, Cyclopedia Bibliographica, 1, 535; Allibone, Dictionary of Authors, 1, 317.