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Terry Foreman  •  Link

John Rowe. Independent divine, preached his final (authorized) sermon 23 Sept. 1660.

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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

ROWE, JOHN (1626–1677), nonconformist divine, son of John Rowe Sr. (1588–1660), and grandson of Lawrence Rowe, was born at Crediton, Devonshire, in 1626.

John Rowe Jr.’s religious biography of his father, published in 1673, is included in Clarke's ‘Lives,’ 1683.

On 1 April, 1642, Rowe entered as a batler at New Inn Hall, Oxford. AGED 16

In 1643, Oxford being garrisoned for King Charles, and New Inn Hall used as a mint, Rowe removed to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1646.

On 8 Dec. 1648 John Rowe was incorporated B.A. at Oxford;
on 12 Dec. 1648 he was admitted M.A.,
and on 11 Oct. 1649 he was made fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, by the parliamentary visitors. AGED 23

John Rowe was a good patristic scholar, well read in philosophy and jurisprudence, and versed in the schoolmen. From his youth to the last he made a practice of keeping a diary in Greek.

John Rowe DD’s first preferment was a lectureship at Witney, Oxfordshire; this had once been a Puritan place, but Rowe's congregation was thin.

On 3 Feb. 1653 the ‘most pleasant comedy of Mucedorus’ was acted in a room of the inn at Witney, before 300 or 400 spectators, by a company of amateurs from Stanton-Harcourt. After the second act the floor broke down, and 5 persons were killed.
Rowe made this catastrophe the topic of a series of sermons.

John Rowe DD soon became lecturer at Tiverton, Devonshire, vacating his fellowship, and was made assistant-commissioner to the ‘expurgators’ (August 1654) for Devonshire, but can hardly have acted as such, ...

... for in the same year John Rowe DD succeeded William Strong (d. June 1654) as preacher at Westminster Abbey and pastor of an independent church which met in the abbey.
Among its members was John Bradshaw (1602–1659), the regicide, whose funeral sermon was preached by Rowe.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link


On 14 March, 1660 John Rowe DD was appointed one of the approvers of ministers.

But the Restoration deprived Rowe of his offices.

John Rowe DD migrated with his church to Bartholomew Close, and later to Holborn (probably Baker's Court), where Theophilus Gale was his assistant.

John Rowe DD died on 12 Oct. 1677, and was buried in Bunhill Fields.

In person Rowe was tall and dignified, with a pleasing manner.
He left two sons — Thomas and Benoni.
His sister became the mother of Henry Grove.

John Rowe DD published, besides a sermon before parliament (1656) and his father's life (see above):
1. ‘Tragi-Comœdia … a Brief Relation of the … Hand of God … at Witney … with … three Sermons,’ &c., Oxford, 1653, 4to.
2. ‘Heavenly-mindedness and Earthly-mindedness,’ &c., 1672, 16mo, 2 parts.
3. ‘The Saints' Temptation … also the Saints' Great Fence,’ &c., 1675, 8vo.
4. ‘Emmanuel, or the Love of Christ,’ &c., 1680, 8vo, thirty sermons, edited by Samuel Lee [q. v.] – published posthumous
John Rowe DD edited works by William Strong (1656 and 1657, 12mo) and by E. Pearse (1674 and 1683, 8vo).

It's a Wiki article, but taken from the 1900 ODNB, so it should be fairly reliable.

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