Simpson, David, an English clergyman, was born at Ingleby, Yorkshire, Oct. 12, 1745. He was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, and was successively curate of Ramsden, Essex, of Buckingham, and of the Old Church, Macclesfield. In all three places his alleged Methodism gave offense, and, while at the last place, he was silenced by the bishop of Chester. But his friends erected a new edifice (Christ Church, Macclesfield) for him, in which he officiated until his death, in 1799. He published, Sacred Literature (Birm. 1788-90. 4 vols. 8vo): — Discourse on Stage Entertainments (1788): — Key to the Prophecies (Maccles. 1795, 8vo; 3d ed. 1812, 8vo): — A Plea for Religion, etc. (Lond. 1802, 8vo, with numerous later editions): — Plea for the Deity of Jesus and the Doctrine of the Trinity (1812, 8vo): — Sermons (8vo). See Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.