Durand, David

Durand, David a French Protestant divine, was born in 1681 at St. Pargoire, in Languedoc. He entered the ministry at Basle in 1703; afterwards went to Holland, and became chaplain of a regiment of refugees. Being taken prisoner, he narrowly escaped death, and was subsequently in equal danger from the Inquisition in Spain. He escaped, however, through the influence of the duke of Berwick, and in 1714 became preacher to the Savoy, in London. In this office he died in London, January 16, 1763. He wrote many books, among which are Sermons sur divers textes (London. 1728, 8vo); La Religion des Mahometans, from Reland (La Haye, 1721, 12mo); La Vie de Lucilio Vanini (Rott. 1717,12mo). Haag, La France Prot. volume 4.

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