BARTON, William. b. ca. 1597/8; d. 14 May 1678. Nothing is known of his early life. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1622, MA 1625), and ordained priest in 1623. He may have been the William Barton who was vicar of Mayfield, Staffordshire, in 1643, and who suffered for his Puritan sympathies at the hands of the local Royalists. Under the Commonwealth he flourished: he became minister of St John Zachary, London, in 1646, and vicar of St Martin’s, Leicester (now Leicester Cathedral) in 1656. Like many of the notable Puritan clergy, such as his friend Richard Baxter*, he was ejected from his living in 1662.
Barton was a major figure in 17th-century metrical psalmody. He...
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