1752–1818

May 28, 1752, Pan­ton House (near Wrag­by), Lin­coln­shire, Eng­land.

Au­gust 11, 1818, at his re­si­dence, Raith­by Hall (near Spils­by), Lin­coln­shire, Eng­land.

Raith­by Church, Lin­coln­shire, Eng­land.

Son of a wealthy Lin­coln­shire family, Brack­en­bu­ry attended Fel­sted School, and matriculated at St. Cath­er­ine’s Hall (now St. Cath­er­ine’s College), Cam­bridge, but left without graduating.

He joined the Wes­leys, and became a Me­tho­dist minister. In that capacity he visited Guern­sey, Jer­sey and Hol­land.

In 1779, Brack­en­bu­ry built a Me­tho­dist chapel above the stables in the grounds of his estate in Raith­by. He also constructed Raith­by Hall around this time. The chapel was completed before the house, which was just a shell when John Wes­ley visited Brack­en­bu­ry in July 1779 to open the chapel.

Wesley held Brack­en­bury in high regard and, despite his never being ordained, appointed him to be part of the Legal Hundred, a conference of esteemed ministers who advised Wes­ley and gave guidance on the appointment of preachers.

Wesley writes of his visits to Raith­by and Brack­en­bu­ry’s home fondly. After a visit in 1779, he wrote that he could not but observe, while the landlord and his tenants were standing together, how Love, like Death, maketh all distinctions void.

Brackenbury retired in 1789. His works in­clude:

  1. Bestow, Dear Lord, up­on Our Youth
  2. Come Chil­dren, ’Tis Je­sus Com­mands
  3. Come, Ho­ly Spir­it, Raise Our Songs
  4. My Glo­ri­ous Lord to Hea­ven Is Gone
  5. My Son, Know Thou the Lord
  6. Though Child­ren in Sta­ture and Years
  7. Tidings of Grace Now Reach Our Ears
  8. Ye Hearts, with Youth­ful Vi­gor Warm

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