Beatson Rev John

Beatson Rev John

Male 1743 - 1798

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  • Born  31 Mar 1743  Cottingly Hall, Beeston, Leeds Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  24 Apr 1798  Kingston-Upon-Hull Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I136  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  28 Oct 2013 

    Father  Beatson John, (junior),   b. 1707, Woodkirk, Yorks. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1767, Cottingley Hall, Yorks. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Calverly Elizabeth,   b. 1716, Oulton Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1780, Leeds Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1742  Beeston Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F59  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Wood Mary,   b. 1743,   d. 1774 
    Last Modified  27 Oct 2013 
    Family ID  F264  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Collings Mary,   b. 1748, Kingston-Upon-Hull Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1816, Kingston-Upon-Hull Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  1775 
     1. Beatson Frances,   b. 1776,   d. 1809
    >2. Beatson Mary,   b. 1782, Kingston upon Hull Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1870, Boston, Lincs. Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Beatson Collings,   b. 1784,   d. 1799
    Last Modified  27 Oct 2013 
    Family ID  F58  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 31 Mar 1743 - Cottingly Hall, Beeston, Leeds Link to Google Earth
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    Title of John Beaton's essay
    Title of John Beaton's essay
    1743 birth record for John Beatson
    1743 birth record for John Beatson
    John S of John Beatson 28th Apr 1743,
    Beeston, Parish of St Peter, Leeds
    April 11th 1768, Bradford Cathedral, marriage record of John Beatson and his first wife Mary Wood
    April 11th 1768, Bradford Cathedral, marriage record of John Beatson and his first wife Mary Wood

  • Notes 
    • Rev John was brought up in the Church of England, but became a Dissenter against his family's wishes and variously practised as a Calvinist, a Baptist, and an Evangelical preacher.

      He was married twice, with one child by his first marriage and 3 by his second.

      He helped set up the Hull Subscription library, acting as the president of the committee that ran it, and wrote various religious treatise some of which still survive.

      Here is his preface to a book called 'The Divine right of a Christian to Freedom of enquiry and practice in religious matters' an essay on religious freedom, so you can hear his own voice:

      "Though the title of this little piece be The divine right of a Christian, the author would be no means insinuate that men in general, have not a right to judge and act for themselves, in whatever relates to the affairs of religion. Quite the revers. For he is fully persuaded, that absolute liberty in those matters, is a right essential to our nature as reasonable creatures, subject to the universal Sovereign and Judge, a right which every individual holds, independently of all others, and for the abuse of which (so far as that abuse is merely personal) he is accountable only to God..."


      The second edition of his Devine Right essay (mentioned above) published in Hull 1799, a brief memoir of his life. The Memoir is by J. Lyons, his successor at the Salthouse I think, and dated: Hull, 10th October, 1799. Having got hold of a copy, what follows is a precis of this memoir...

      'John Beatson was born at Cottingly Hall near Beeston, in the parish of Leeds, on 31st March 1743. His father was a respectable farmer, and his Mother descended from a family of considerable repute in the West-Riding of Yorkshire.

      In an early period of his life he was placed in the Grammar school in Leeds...and afterwards he remained at home, improving his mind under the tuition of a clergyman, until he was eighteen years of age.

      By birth and education Mr Beatson was a member of the Church of England, but, like many others, when he came to riper years, his enquiries were stronger than the strong holds of hereditary religion. His piety; his steady attendance on the various branches of social worship, his sobriety and other ameniable qualities, soon attracted the notice of Mr Edwards, Minister of the Independent Congregation at White-chapel in Leeds, and he was admitted a member of the Society at White-Chapel.

      Mr Beatson's relations now began to be seriously alarmed at his conduct, probably considering his connection with Dissenters as disgraceful to the family. His determination drew upon him the displeasure of his father, who, finding him unmoved by argument or entreaty, threaten him with dis-inheritance, if he still continued to adhere to his notions of non-conformity. How harsh and unjustifiable is the conduct of parents, who, from their fond attachment to their own peculiarities, not only forbid the expansion of the minds of their children, but also punish with severity their honest avowal of truth! The threats of Mr Beatson's father, however were not put into execution.

      Mr Beatson's talents as a preacher, and his zeal in the good cause in which he had embarked, soon rendered him conspicuous. He was publicly baptised at Bradford by Mr Crabtree, the Pastor of the Baptist Church at that place, on the 25th Dec 1767, and continued in that neighbourhood preaching occassionally, until the close of the following year, when he accepted of an invitation from the Baptist Church and congregation at Sutton in Craven, and was shortly after unanimously chosen to be their pastor.

      He remained there for 2 years then moved to Hull in 1771 where he spent the rest of his life. He found the Salt-House lane congregation in some dissarray, having dismissed their last pastor and some elders, and the remainder being divided in their religious principles. 'Some of them were in the popular sense of the term Arminians, and others were zealous advocates for the doctrine of Calvinism, nor were they much disposed to mutual forebearance.

      Mt Beatson was a Calvinist, and his methos of preaching for some years after he came to Hull was more doctrinal than at a more advanced period of his life. His labours were soon crowned with success; his congregation gradually increased; the people of his care became more united, and in all his attitudes, preaching and deportment, he was evidently doing the work of the evangelist.

      He published "Divine Philanthropy", a poetical essay in blank verse, full of the grateful reflections of a pious mind on the work of redemption. But Mr Beaston was not born a poet, and of this he seems afterwards to have been sufficiently sensible, for he never made a second attempt at verse of any kind. Ignorance, he considered as the parent of vice and misery; and therefore he rejoiced in everything that had a tendancy towards his general dissatisfaction of knowledge.

      With these views and with a laudable zeal, he engaged with a few others to promote the establishment of the HULL SUBSCRIPTION LIBRARY in the year 1775; and was for many years president of the committee.

      Religious liberty was a subject that always lay near his heart. Convinced that an unrestrained, impartial and constant examination of the word of God, was the only anecdote against the unscurpulous impositions of usurped authority; the damnatory clauses of human creeds, and the bitter invectives of angry controverialists, he published in the year 1779 the following Treatise, wielding the sword of the spirit against every species of intolerance, in defnece of the inalianable rights and priveleges of the christian [the book to which this is the preface].

      Besides this, he published two single sermons - one in 1778 on the 'Duty and interest of men as members of civili society' and the other on 'the slave trade' in 1789.

      In the year 1794 he suffered a 'violent nervous complaint, which had been increasing for several years, and which had greatly injured his constitution' and he withrew from public speaking.

      Mr John Beatson was a man of solid sense, unaffected manners, and universal integrity. A valuable friend, a pleasing companion, and a useful member of society.

      The last time I saw him, he took me by the hand and said, "You see here, only the remains of John Beatson. With respect to the Churches of Christ on earth, I can do nothing not but wish - and my best wishes are with you. I know in whom I have believed, and that he is able to heep that which I have committed unto him" - He would have repeated the remaining part of the passage, but his strength failed him. On the day following, the 24th of April 1798, he recieved his dismission from this vale of tears, in the 55th year of his age. His remains were interred at Preston.

      Mr Beatson was twice married. His first wife died the 3rd January 1774, in the thirty second year of her age, by whom he had one daughter, who is still living. He left a widow and three more children.'


      John Beatson also published ' Complete collection of all the tunes sung by the different congregations in Hull: To which is prefixed, An introduction to the art of psalmody.'

      All three of his published sermons are available to buy online should you wish to read them, because 'Gale Eighteenth Century Collections Online' has recently been re-publishing them.


      In Sept 1785 Rev John and Mary are recorded as carrying out a 'Lease and Release' transfer of land title to William Roebuck a clothier of 'in consideration of 440, of a messuage called Briery House als. Briery Field Head als. Briery Busk, standing on Hunshelf Bank, with closes known as Laith Croft, Well Croft, Long Lands, Middle Field, Whitehouse Ing, Nether Field and 3 parcels of woody ground with 4 beastgates in the town fields and West Ings of Hunshelf.' (source:

      Which shows that if that was their land title, they were pretty wealthy.

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