Rayland, John, Dd
Rayland, John, D.D.
a learned minister of the Baptist denomination in England, was born at Warwick Jan. 29,1753. In his childhood he developed remarkable talents as a scholar. Having been thoroughly trained under the tuition of his father. he became his assistant in the school under his charge, and his successor when he retired from his official duties. He began to preach in 1771 at Northampton and its vicinity. In 1781 he became colleague with his father in the pastorate of the Northampton church, and sole pastor on the removal of his father to Enfield. He occupied this position for ten years, and then became pastor of the Broadmead Chapel in Bristol, and at the same time president of the Baptist Institute in that place. Here he continued until his death, May 25, 1825. Brown University conferred the degree of D.D. on Dr. Rayland in 1772. His Sermons, etc., were collected after his death, and published in two octavo volumes. The funeral sermon of Dr. Rayland by Robert Hall presents a most charming portraiture of this excellent man. (J. C. S.)