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Matthew Henry

18 October 1662 - 22 June 1714


Henry was born at Broad Oak, Iscoyd, a farmhouse on the borders of Flintshire and Shropshire. His father, Philip Henry, was a Church of England cleric and had just been ejected under the Act of Uniformity 1662. Unlike most of his fellow-sufferers, Philip possessed some private means, and was thus able to give his son a good education.

Henry’s sister was diarist Sarah Savage. Matthew went first to a school at Islington, at that time a village just outside London, and then to Gray’s Inn, in the heart of the capital. He soon gave up his legal studies for theology, and in 1687 became minister of a Presbyterian congregation at Chester.While in Chester, Henry founded the Presbyterian Chapel in Trinity Street. He moved again in 1712 to Mare Street, Hackney. Two years later, on 22 June 1714, he died suddenly of apoplexy at the Queen’s Aid House (41 High Street) in Nantwich, while on a journey from Chester to London.

  • Born: 18 October 1662, Flintshire, Wales
  • Died: 22 June 1714, Cheshire
  • Family: Matthew married Katherine in 1687, but she died of smallpox at the age of 25, leaving a daughter, also named Katherine. He married Mary five months later. Together they had eight daughters and a son, Philip,
  • Notable Works: Exposition of the Old and New Testaments