Churton, Ralph

Churton, Ralph a minister of the Church of England, was born near Bickley, Cheshire, Dec. 8, 1754. He was educated at Malpas Grammar-school, and at Brazenose College, Oxford, where he was entered in 1772, and became fellow in 1778. In 1785 he delivered the Bampton lecture On the Prophecies respecting the Destruction of Jerusalem (Oxf. 1785, 8vo). In 1792 he became rector of Middleton Cheney; in 1805 he was made archdeacon of St. David's. For forty years he labored diligently and faithfully as a parish priest, and was engaged also in frequent and useful literary labors. He died March 23,1831. Besides the Bampton lecture, he published Memoirs of Archdeacon Townson (1773, 1828, 1830); Lives of Bishop Smith and Sir Richard Sutton (1800, 8vo); Life of Dean Nowell (1809, 8vo); and numerous detached sermons and pamphlets. — Annual Biography and Obituary (Lond. 1832), 16:273.

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