Cranford, James an English divine of the 17th century, was born at Coventry, Warwickshire, where his father was a divine and schoolmaster of great note. He was educated at Oxford, beneficed in Northamptonshire, and afterwards removed to St. Christopher's, London. He died in 1657, leaving The Teares of Ireland (Lond. 1642, 12mo): — Sermon on Heresies (1646). He was a laborious preacher, an exact linguist, a subtle disputant, and an orthodox but charitable theologian. See Fuller, Worthies of England (ed. Nuttall), 3:288.