Rouquet, James

Anglican clergyman of Huguenot ancestry. He came under the influence of George Whitefield while a pupil at Merchant Taylors'. He graduated from St.John's College, Oxford. John Wesley appointed him as a master at Kingswood School, 1751-54(?). Despite Wesley's hopes of his becoming an itinerant, he chose parish work, but retained his love for the spirituality of Methodism and introduced Captain Webb to the Bristol Methodists. He devoted much of his time to improving prison conditions in Bristol. Theologically he occupied the middle ground between Arminianism and Calvinism. The Countess of Huntingdon counted him an intimate friend, but he also remained a close confidant of John Wesley who, when he thought he was dying in 1768, bequeathed all his manuscripts to him. His death was mourned by clergy both regular and irregular, Lady Huntingdon's followers, Baptist Dissenters, Huguenots and Methodists, together with the sick and poor of Bristol.

  • Richard Butterworth in WHS Proceedings 9 pp.11-14, 123-25
  • A.G.Ives, Kingswood School in Wesly's Day and Since (1970), pp.45-7,52-3
  • A.B. Sackett, James Rouquet and his Part in Early Methodism (Broxton, 1972)
  • Tim Shenton, Forgotten Heroes of Revival (2004) pp.32-61