Evans, Daniel

Evangelical Anglican priest and early supported of William O'Bryan. He was curate of Shebbear, north Devon, in the absence of the vicar, 1813-1817. He was a friends of Craddock Glascott, formerly one of the Countess of Huntingdon's preachers, and by then vicar of Hatherleigh, and the pair regularly exchanged pulpits. Mildly Calvinist in doctrine, Evans brought a small revival to the remote village by 1815, the year in which O'Bryan began his work in the area. Thorne family, with Evans' wholehearted support, On the grounds of Evans' 'Methodistical' usages in preaching and hymn singing in the parish church and preaching in private houses the Bishop of Exeter withdrew his licence in 1817. Glascott's influence secured him an appointment as curate at Sherborne, Dorset. In 1821 he was appointed rector of East Lydford in Somerset, and eighteen years later accepted in plurality the post of vicar of St.Keverne on the Lizard in Cornwall. He died there in 1854 and was buried at Talland near Looe, which may have been his original home.

  • F.W. Bourne, Centenary Life of James Thorne of Shebbear (1895)
  • Thomas Shaw and Colin C. Short, Feet of Clay: the life and ministry of William O'Bryan (Porthleven, 2007) pp. 72-4, 76