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KINSEY , WILLIAM MORGAN ( 1788 - 1851 ), cleric and traveller ;

b. at Abergavenny , son of Robert Morgan Kinsey , solicitor and banker at that town, and his wife Caroline Hannah , daughter of Sir James Harington , Bt. He was educated at Oxford (matriculated 28 Nov. 1805 , scholar of Trinity College , B.A. 1809 , M.A. 1813 , B.D. 1822 , Fellow of his college 1815 , dean 1822 , vice-president 1823 , bursar 1824 ). In 1827 he made a tour in Portugal , publishing next year (second edition, 1829 ) an interesting work entitled Portugal Illustrated: in a series of letters, embellished with a map, plates of coins, etc. ( London , 1828 ). The illustrations were mainly after drawings made by a companion on the tour. In 1830 Kinsey was travelling in Belgium with viscount Alford , and was an eye-witness in Brussels of events connected with the revolution in Aug. of that year. About 1832 ( 1831? ) he was appointed minister of S. John's church , Cheltenham . He gained some repute as a preacher and published some sermons, e.g. A sermon on the public advantages of social combinations founded on Christian principles ( Cheltenham , 1831 ) and The Jubilee of the Bible; or, three hundredth anniversary of Coverdale's translation of the whole Bible … A sermon preached at … Cheltenham ( London , 1835 ). See also Gentleman's Magazine , Jan. 1848 . In 1843 he was appointed rector of Rotherfield Greys, Oxon. , where he d., 6 April 1851 .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959