(November 8, 1748 – August 15, 1810) was a leading Evangelical Anglican clergyman of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Cecil was born in London. His father (died 1779) and grandfather were scarlet dyers to the British East India Company
. His mother (died 1777) was the sister of Benjamin Grosvenor (author of The Mourner
). His father was an Anglican while his mother was a Dissenter, whose family had been devout Christians for generations.
He went to Queen's College, Oxford
, was ordained deacon in 1776
on the title of Rev Mr Pugh of Rauceby
, Lincolnshire, and was admitted to priest's orders in 1777
Shortly thereafter he went to serve three Leicestershire churches: Thornton
, and Markfield
. His evangelical preaching produced many conversions and flourishing congregations here.
He later became minister of two small livings in Lewes
. After the death of his parents, he moved, because of bad health, to Islington
and preached at different churches and chapels there. For some years he preached a lecture at Lothbury
at 6 o'clock on a Sabbath morning, and later an evening lecture in Orange Street
, followed by the chapel in Long Acre
. From 1787
he preached the evening lecture at Christ Church, Spitalfields
. He alternated with a Mr Foster in these two last lectureships during the period 1784
, though he had help from Mr Pratt in the last few years there.
he became minister of St John's Chapel, Bedford Row
, which became... Read More