Rev. Benjamin Beddome

Son of Rev. John Beddome
Father of Samuel Beddome

Wife and children
See also:
Will of Benjamin Beddome
Extracts from Baptist Annual Register (c.1795)
Memoir about Benjamin Beddome (1835)
Extracts from History of Bourton Baptist Church (1861)
Benjamin Beddome's personal life
Benjamin Beddome's biography
Some hymns of Benjamin Beddome
Letters from John Beddom to his son, Benjamin
The Barclay Voice
Samuel Favell, Benjamin Beddome's son-in-law
Boswell Brandon Beddome
Wikipedia article on Benjamin Beddome
Website about Benjamin Beddome
Hymns adapted to public worship by Benjamin Beddome
Sermons of Benjamin Beddome; with memoir
Twenty Short Discourses by Benjamin Beddome
Scriptural Exposition of the Baptism Catechism by Benjamin Beddome
Hymns by Benjamin Beddome
Baptists in Bourton-on-the-water
St Lawrence's in Bourton (C of E)


1717Benjamin Beddome is born in Henley in Arden
1724Moved to Bristolfamily
1737Hears 'converting' sermon, studies under Bernard Foskett
1739Moved to London to study at Independent Academy, and baptised
1740Moved to Bourton-on-the-water area
1742Writes love-letter to Anne Steele
1743Ordained and became Pastor at Bourton-on-the-water
1749Marries Elizabeth Boswellwife
1751John Reynolds bornson
1753Benjamin bornson
1756Samuel bornson
1757Rachel Beddome diesmother
1757Rev. John Beddome diesfather
1758Foskett bornson
1763Boswell Brandon bornson
1765Elizabeth borndaughter
1765John Beddome dies in Londonson
1769Richard bornson
1770Providence College Rhode Island conferred on him title of A.M.son
1777Rev William Wilkins of Cirencester (student at Pithay) cames to help Benjamin
1778Benjamin Beddome dies in Edinburghson
1779Josephus bornson
1784Elizabeth Beddome dieswife
1784Foskett Beddome dies, drowned at Deptfordson
1792Rev William Wilkins leaves, Mr Reed becomes assistant
1792Goes to London to see children and friendschildren
1795Rev. Benjamin Beddome dies in Bourton on the Water
Rev. Benjamin Beddome memorial


There are (at least) three accounts of Rev. Benjamin Beddome's life. The oldest is "The Baptist Annual Register for 1794, 1795, 1796-1797, including Sketches of the State of Religion among Different Denominations of Good Men at Home and Abroad (vol 2) by John Rippon, D.D." (see extracts). This describes Benjamin Beddome as having recently died, and since he died in 1795, and the account of his life is in volume 2, I'm assuming that the date is around then. The author seems to know Rev. Benjamin Beddome, and much of the facts about his life are given there. It ends by saying "He has, however, left behind numerous sketches of sermons. From these manuscripts a selection might be made which would probably redound as much to his credit, as to the advantage of the religious public. But whether we are to be favoured by this desirable publication or not, must be left to his worthy sons, whose wisdom, discretion and public spirit, leave us not entirely without hope."

This did not happen until 1835, when a selection of his sermons were published, with a Memoir describing his life (see memoir). This is largely taken from the previous account, but adds some letters from Rev. John Beddome. Benjamin's father. These may have been among family papers. I do not know who wrote the Memoir, but several Beddomes were among the subscribers.

The last account is History of Bourton Baptist Church, (see extracts), published in 1861. The author assumed that this book would only be of local interest! He seems to have read one if not both of the other accounts, but he also adds the letters written between Bourton and London, when the London congregation were trying (unsuccessfully!) to persuade Benjamin Beddome to leave Bourton to go to London. He also gives church member numbers for Benjamin Beddome's ministry, which suggests that it was not quite as successful as the other accounts say.

Summary of his life: Benjamin Beddome was born in Henley where his father Rev. John Beddome was minister. the family moved to Bristol when Benjamin was 7 years old. He was apprenticed to a surgeon-apothecary in Bristol. At first, he was not much interested in religion, until listenening to a sermon in 1737. He gave up all idea of following the medical profession, and became a student at the Baptist College, Bristol, under Mr. Bernard Foskett, his father's close friend. Benjamin Beddome then moved to London to complete his education at the Independent Academy, in Tenter Alley, Moorfields. He was baptized in 1739, at the Baptist church in Little Prescott-street, Goodman's Fields. He began to preach before the church, according to the custom of the Baptist churches. He had some problems with his sermons at first, and his father gave his some good advice. In 1743, he was ordained and became Pastor at Bourton-on-the-water. He was offered alternative positions at both Bristol and London, but he remained minister at Bourton for 55 years. He wrote many hymns.

See The Barclay Voice for a comment about an inherited family trait!

The Baptist Annual Register gives one amusing story about a sermon of Benjamin's: Indeed sermonizing was so much his forte, that at length when knowledge had received maturity from years, and composition was familarized by habit, he has been known, with a wonderful facility of the moment, to sketch his picture at the foot of the pulpit stairs, to colour it as he was ascending, and without turning his eyes from the canvas, in the same hour, to give it all the finish of a master. One instance of this will long be remembered, which happened at a minister's meeting at Fairford, in Gloucestershire. After public service began, his natural timidity, it seems, overcame his recollection - His text and his discourse, for he did not preach by notes, had left him; and in the way from the pew to the pulpit, he leaned his head over the shoulder of the Rev. Mr. Davis, pastor of the place, and said, Brother Davis, what must I preach from? Mr. Davis, thinking he could not be at a loss, answered, Ask no foolish questions. This afforded him considerable relief. He turned immediately to Titus iii.9. Avoid foolish questions. and preached a remarkably methodical, correct, and useful discourse on it.

Wife and Children

Wife: On 11 Dec 1749, he married Elizabeth Boswell of Bourton (1732-1784) in Hampnett,Gloucester. She was the daughter of Mr. Richard Boswell of Bourton, where he was Deacon of the Baptist church. Rev. Wilkins of Cirencester preached at both her father's funeral and hers.

John ReynoldsJan 1750/11765 in London
Benjamin17531778 in Edinburgh
Samuel17561761 Jane Wilkins1815
Foskett17581784, drowned at Deptford
Boswell Brandon17631786 Anne Wilkins1816 in Woolrich
Elizabeth17651799 Samuel Favell (1760-1830)1830
RichardFeb 1768/9?1794
Josephus17791804 Sophia Petrie1835

The Will of Benjamin Beddome mentions the surviving children when he died: sons Richard, Samuel, Boswell and Josephus, and daughter Elizabeth. I have a suggestion that Richard died in 1794, but I'm not sure where I found it, and Benjamin's will suggests that this is wrong. It also is suggested by the fact that the accounts of Benjamin's life describe his older sons dying (in great detail!) and surely they would have mentioned this last son dying, just before his father did.

Samuel Favell was married to Benjamin Beddome's only daughter, Elizabeth. He was also probably the business partner of one of Benjamin Beddome's sons, either Samuel Beddome or Boswell Brandon Beddome.

Kent directory 1812 gives "Beddome Petrie and Co, merchants, 13 Bearbinder Lane".
The following Accounts of Charities 1829 connects Petrie to Josephus Beddome.

Reference to Josephus Beddome
"Bankrupt: Josephus Beddome, Manchester, drysalter, May 3, 1831".

Boswell Brandon Beddome's grandchildren emigrated to Australia.


These photos were taken my parents some time ago (before we had digital cameras!)

This is the Old Manse in Bourton-on-the-water, built for the Rev. Benjamin Beddome in 1741, at the cost of 350. He lived there over 30 years.
Old Manse in Bourton-on-the-water Old Manse in Bourton-on-the-water

Entrance to old churchyard (the original chapel of Benjamin Beddome has been demolished)
Entrance to old churchyard, Bourton-on-the-water
Grave of Rev. Benjamin Beddome
Grave of Rev. Benjamin Beddome, Bourton-on-the-water