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Hezekiah Burton (1632–1681) was an English theologian.


He was educated in Sutton-on-Lound and at Magdalene College, Cambridge,[1] where he became a Fellow.

He was an associate of a number of intellectual figures of the day, in particular Richard Cumberland whose De legibus naturae he edited and to which he contributed an Address to the Reader. He is mentioned in Pepys's Diary. He was chaplain to Orlando Bridgeman, and used the contact to support Cumberland.

He was characterised as a Latitudinarian. He associated with John Tillotson and Edward Stillingfleet, involved with them and John Wilkins in an abortive proposal for a comprehension of presbyterians within the Church of England, communicated by Bridgeman to Richard Baxter and others in early 1668. Anthony Wood says that a club formed by Wilkins to promote comprehension used to meet at the 'chambers of that great trimmer and latitudinarian, Dr. Hezekiah Burton.'[2]

A position as rector of Barnes he obtained through Tillotson in 1680 was cut short by his death from illness. He had previously been a prebendary of Norwich, and from 1668 rector of St George the Martyr Southwark.


  • Several Discourses, viz., I. of purity and charity, II. of repentance, III. of seeking first the kingdom of God (1684)
  • A Second Volume of Discourses (1685)


  1. ^ "Burton, Hezekiah (BRTN647H)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ s:Burton, Hezekiah (DNB00)

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Burton, Hezekiah". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.

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Hezekiah Burton, fellow of Magdalen college in Cambridge, and an eminent tutor there, was, for his singular merit, made chaplain to the lord-keeper Bridgeman in 1667, and the same year presented by him to a prebend of Norwich. In the beginning of the year 1668, a treaty was proposed by the lord-keeper, for a comprehension of some of the dissenters, and a toleration of others. Dr. Tillotson, Dr. Stillingfleet, Dr. Burton, and the lord chief-baron Hale, were very desirous of an accommodation; and ready to do every thing to promote it, if it could be done without betraying the interests of the church. But this scheme met with such powerful opposition, that the debates upon the terms of union were presently concluded. Dr. Burton, who was a man of great prudence, moderation, and sweetness of temper, was snatched from the world when he was capable of doing most good in it; and when his incessant labours and exemplary piety promised a great deal. Ob. 1681.
---A Biographical History of England. J. Granger, 1779.

Bill  •  Link

BURTON, HEZEKIAH (d. 1681), divine; fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1651; B.D., 1661; D.D., 1669; prebendary of Norwich, 1667; rector of St. George's, Southwark, 1668, and of Barnes, Surrey, 1680; his sermons published posthumously.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

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