November 18, 1800, London, England.
April 29, 1882, Bournemouth, Dorset, England.
Wimborne Road Cemetery, Bournemouth, Dorset, England.
Darby got his middle name from family friend Lord Nelson (Darby’s uncle, Henry Darby, commanded the Bellerophon in the Battle of the Nile under Admiral Nelson). Darby attended Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, graduating at age 19 as a Classics Medalist.
Trained for a career in law, Darby abandoned his practice after only a year. After a period of spiritual searching, he was ordained an Anglican deacon in 1825. In 1826, he became a priest, assigned to County Wicklow, Ireland. After a couple of years serving this rural district, Darby became dissatisfied with the Church of England. Meetings with like minded Anglicans led to the formation of the prayer and Bible study group which would come to be known as the Plymouth Brethren (from their meetings in Plymouth, England).
As the reform movement grew, Darby found himself traveling far and wide to preach its belief in the apostasy of the organized church and the infallibility of Scripture: He made trips to Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, Holland, America, Canada, the West Indies and New Zealand. Darby wrote some 53 volumes in his lifetime. Today’s Fundamentalist churches owe much to his doctrines.