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LOVE , CHRISTOPHER ( 1618 - 1651 ), Presbyterian minister ;

b. at Cardiff , the youngest son of Christopher Love . He attributed his conversion to the agency of William Erbery (q.v.) . His father was opposed to his religious convictions, so his mother and Erbery paid for his education. He studied at New Inn Hall , Oxford , and graduated B.A. 2 May 1639 , and M.A. 26 June 1642 .

His remaining years he spent outside Wales . He favoured an ultra-Presbyterian point of view. First, he was family chaplain to sheriff Warner in London ; then he became lecturer at S. Ann's , Aldersgate . He tried unsuccessfully to get Presbyterian ordination in Scotland . He returned to England in 1641 , and was imprisoned at Newcastle for attacking the Book of Common Prayer . After being removed to London he was tried at the King's Bench and found innocent. In the Civil War he was chaplain to Venn 's regiment. He preached before Parliament , 25 Nov. 1645 . In 1647 he was minister of S. Ann's , Aldersgate , and later at S. Lawrence Jewry . From 1648 he was minister of S. Bartholomew's , Exchange .

Arrested on 14 May 1651 he was accused of treason against the Commonwealth, by corresponding with the exiled Charles Stuart . The trial ended 5 July and he was condemned to death. The execution took place on Tower Hill , 22 Aug. 1651 , and he was buried in the church of S. Lawrence .


  • Christopher Love , A Cleare and Necessary Vindication (1651) , 1651 ;
  • id., A true and exact copie of Mr. Love's speech and prayer, immediately before his death, on the scaffold at Towerhill, Aug. 22, 1651 (London, 1651) , 1651 ;
  • W. A. Shaw , A history of the English church during the civil wars and under the commonwealth 1640-1660 (1900) , 1900 .


Reverend Principal Robert Tudur Jones, D.Phil., (1921-98), Bangor

Published date: 1959