John Gill

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  • Michael A. G. Haykin

John Gill was a Baptist minister and theological author. Born in 1697 to Edward Gill, a woollen merchant, in Kettering, Northamptonshire, Gill’s early schooling was at a local grammar school. This came to an abrupt end in 1708, when the school’s headmaster demanded that all of his pupils attend Anglican morning prayer. Gill’s parents were decided Dissenters and consequently withdrew their son from the school. Due to the fact that his parents had limited financial resources, they could not afford to send their son to a Dissenting Academy and so Gill’s formal education was over. But this did not check their son’s hunger for learning.

Gill had acquired a good foundation in Latin and Greek before leaving school, and by t…

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Haykin, Michael A. G.. "John Gill". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 April 2010
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