Cant, John

Cant, John, a Scotch clergyman, was admitted minister at Kells in 1659:; deprived by the privy- council in 1662; accused in 1663 "of still laboring to keep the hearts of the people from the present government in Church and State." The judgment was delayed, and he was excused by the council in July; but was fined in July, 1673, for not observing the anniversary of the king's Restoration. He confessed to the charge, and was summoned as a rebel in 1684, but was liberated in 1685 on giving a bond to live peaceably and not preach. He demitted his pastorate in May, 1689, and though he, was restored to his living at Kells, he did not take advantage of the restoration; but as he was in indigent circumstances, each member of the synod gave him the sum of thirty shillings. He died before May 29, 1706. See Fasti Eccles. Scoticance, i, 715.

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