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Edmund Calamy

Dissenting minister in London

The last of four remarkable churchmen of the same name, Edmund Calamy graduated with an MA in 1717, eight years after the University had awarded its first-ever DD to his father (the Universities of Aberdeen and Glasgow did the same a few weeks later). Edmund III, a friend of Principal William Carstares, had been visiting the Scottish universities with a view to sending his eldest son to one of them, Oxford and Cambridge being closed to Dissenters.

On his graduation Edmund IV presented 12 theological works written by his father and other members of the family. After Edinburgh he continued his studies at Leiden before returning to London, first to assist his father at Tothill Street, Westminster and later to assist Benjamin Grosvenor at Crosby Square. He was a member of the Presbyterian board, and a trustee of Dr Williams' Foundation. He retired in 1749 and, at his death was buried in the chancel at the parish Church of St Mary Aldermanbury. There were to be two more Edmunds, neither of whom was ordained in any church, and a Michael Calamy who was ordained.

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