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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Alleine, William 1614-1677

Alleine, William (1613/14–1677), clergyman and ejected minister. He was the saintly vicar of Blandford.

A younger brother of Richard he was born at Ditcheat in 1613/14 and his initial education was also undertaken by his father. He then went to Oxford entering New Inn Hall where he matriculated on 4 Nov 1631 at the age of 17. He was awarded his BA on 29 April 1634, and his MA on 19 Jan 1636/7.
On leaving University he became private chaplain in ‘a noble house’ (Lord Digby) in London. At the beginning of the great Civil War he is found residing at Ilchester, and ‘consulted by great officers’. For his letters to them he is proclaimed by the cavaliers to be a traitor in three market towns. He held them, in turn, for traitors against the kingdom. He was repeatedly plundered and maltreated. Hairbreadth escapes for his life were long remembered. Having removed to Bristol, he was there brutally ill used. In the ‘Commissions’ of 1650 and 1653 he is entered ‘ William Allen a learned orthodox, able divine, the present incumbent’. When the Act of Uniformity was passed he was vicar of Blandford but never hesitated. His parishioners held him in the utmost veneration,and he dearly loved them, but he freely quitted his living, and ministered to people in private. A few years after the ejection he took up his residence again in Bristol, where he carried on his ministry with ever increasing acceptance. From there he went to Yeovil where he died in October 1677 aged 63.
Dictionary of national biography, Volume 1 (1885) By Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee (see page 301 for entry on William Alleine)
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The Mystery of the Temple and City, Described in the Nine Last Chapters of Ezekiel Unfolded; together with the treatise "Some Discovery of the New Heavens, and the New Earth (1679)
A: The following particulars are briefly handled: 1-The Calling of the Jews, 2-The Restitution of all Things, 3-The Description of the Two Deaths (Rev. 13), 4-The Day of Judgment, and the World Perishing by Fire, 5-Some Signs of the Times when the Fall of Babylon is near, 6-Some Advantages which the Knowledge of these Truths will afford, 7-The Conclusion of all in some Counsels and Directions
B: The earnest expectation of the creature, to be delivered from its bondage, into the glorious liberty of the children of God, together with some hints wherein it will consist: gathered out of Holy Scriptures, as also a guess at the time wherein it may probably be expected, together with the profitable uses to be made of it; As in 2 Peter 3:14.
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