Clarke, Samuel a Nonconformist, was born in Warwickshire, 1599; educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and after preaching as an evangelist at Shotwick, and Coventry, and at Warwick (where he was chaplain to the earl), he became minister of Bennet Fink, London. He was ejected in 1662, and lived in studious retirement until his death in 1682. His chief works are Marrow of Ecclesiastical History (Lond. 1675, 2 vols. fol.); A General Martyrology (Lond. 1677, 3d ed. fol.); Mirror for Saints and Sinners (Lond. 1671, 2 vols. fol.); Medulla Theologies (1659, fol.). — Hook, Eccles. Biography, 4, 79; Calamy, Nonconformists' Memorial, 1, 83.