Batty, William

Inghamite preacher who became Benjamin Ingham's right-hand man. He led a revival at Roughlee, near Colne, Lancs, in 1746, formed a society and settled there in 1747. In 1748 he was caught up in the mob violence at Barrowford. In 1755 he and James Allen were officially appointed Ingham's fellow-helpers. He contributed fifteen hymns to the Kendal Hymn Book (1757) and wrote the first account of Ingham's life and work. He had 'much conversation upon religion' with John Wesley and disagreed with him over the doctrine of Christian Perfection. Doctrinal differences led to rivalry between his societies and those of William Darney in the Pendle Forest area.

  • J. Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1892)
  • Frank Baker, William Grimshaw (1963)

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