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John Kentish (1768-1853), Unitarian divine

Sitter in 2 portraits
John Kentish came from a wealthy family of landowners. He studied divinity at Daventry Academy before becoming, in 1790, the first minister of a newly formed Unitarian congregation in Plymouth. In 1795 he moved to London as afternoon preacher at the Gravel Pit, Hackney, and in 1803 he was appointed minister of the New Meeting in Birmingham. Kentish was greatly respected for his sound scholarship, and for the generosity with which he administered his fortune. He published a number of separately printed sermons and a collection in 1848. His most important and characteristic theological work is Notes and Comments on Passages of Scripture (1844).

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John Kentish

by Thomas Phillips
oil on canvas, 1840
NPG 4971


John Kentish

by Thomas Goff Lupton, after Thomas Phillips
mezzotint, (1840)
NPG D36838