1717–1795

Introduction

Born: Jan­ua­ry 23, 1717, Hen­ley-in-Ar­den, War­wick­shire, Eng­land.

Died: Sep­tem­ber 23, 1795, Bour­ton-on-the-Wa­ter, Glou­ces­ter­shire, Eng­land.

Buried: St. Law­rence churc­hyard, Bour­ton-on-the-Wa­ter, Glou­ces­ter­shire, Eng­land.

Biography

Benjamin was the son of Bap­tist min­is­ter John Bed­dome and Ra­chel Bran­don, and hus­band of Eli­za­beth Bos­well (mar­ried De­cem­ber 11, 1749, Hamp­nett, Glou­ces­ter­shire).

He was edu­cat­ed at an in­de­pen­dent aca­de­my in Ten­ter Al­ley, Moor­fields, Lon­don, and af­ter­wards at the Bap­tist Col­lege, Bri­stol.

He was ap­pren­ticed to a sur­geon in Bris­tol, but moved to Lon­don in 1739 and joined the Bap­tist church in Pres­cott Street.

At the call of his church, he de­vot­ed him­self to the work of Chris­tian min­is­try, and in 1740 be­gan to preach at Bour­ton-on-the-Wa­ter, in East Glou­ces­ter­shire.

For ma­ny years he was one of the most re­spect­ed Bap­tist min­is­ters in west­ern Eng­land. He was al­so a man of some li­ter­ary cul­ture. In 1770, he re­ceived a MA de­gree from Pro­vi­dence Col­lege, Rhode Is­land.

Works

It was Bed­dome’s pra­ctice to write a hymn week­ly for use af­ter his Sun­day morn­ing ser­mon. Though not orig­in­al­ly in­tend­ed for pub­li­ca­tion, he let 13 of these ap­pear in the 1769 Bris­tol Bap­tist Col­lect­ion of Ash & Ev­ans, and 36 in Rip­pon’s 1787 Select­ions.

Robert Hall, pas­tor of the church at Broad­mead, Bris­tol, wrote of Bed­dome’s hymns:

The man of taste will be gra­ti­fied with the beau­ty and or­ig­in­al turns of thought which ma­ny of them ex­hi­bit, while the ex­pe­ri­ment­al Chris­tian will oft­en per­ceive the most sec­ret move­ments of his soul strik­ing­ly de­li­he­at­ed, and sen­ti­ments por­trayed which will find their echo in ev­ery heart.

His oth­er works in­clude:

Sources

Lyrics

Help Needed

If you know where to get a good pic­ture of Bed­dome (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),