Heywood, Oliver an English Nonconformist divine, was born at Bolton, 1629, and admitted at Trinity, Cambridge, 1647. He became rector at Halifax in 1652, and was deprived at the Restoration. After much suffering from poverty, he died in 1702. His writings on practical religion were quite numerous, and may be found in his Whole Works now first collected (Idle, 1827, 5 vols. 8vo). See also Hunter, Life of Heywood (Lond. 1844, 8vo).