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QUARRELL , JAMES ( fl. 1650-1672 ), Puritan preacher, Independent .

He appears first as one of the itinerant preachers who followed Vavasor Powell (q.v.) in the days of the Propagation Act ( 1650-3 ), as one of Powell 's chief apologists in the Examen et Purgamen Vavasoris , and supporting Powell in his opposition to Cromwell 's Protectorate by signing the Word for God . Under the ‘ Triers ’ he was a settled minister at Forden, Mont. With the Restoration he was cast into prison at Welshpool ; under the Five Mile Act he had to find a new home, and chose Shrewsbury . There, in 1671 , he gave somewhat unheroic advice to Henry Maurice (q.v.) in his days of crisis, and there, on 22 May 1672 , he received a licence to preach under the new Indulgence in one of the rooms of the King's Head .


  • Vavasoris Examen et Purgamen or Mr V. Powell's impartiall triall who being apprehended upon the late hue and cry raised after him, hath appealed to God and his country, and is found not guilty (London, 1654) , 14;
  • Lambeth MS 989 (58);
  • Calendar of State Papers, Domestic Series , Chas. II, E.B. 38A, 134;
  • Hanes y Bedyddwyr yn Nghymru (1893–1907) , ii, 395-6;
  • Nonconformist's Memorial; being an Account of the Lives … and Printed Books of the two thousand Ministers ejected … (1802–3) , iii, 150.


Thomas Richards, D.Litt., (1878-1962), Bangor

Published date: 1959