March 25, 1725, Nottingham, England.

October 8, 1795.

Bunhill Fields, London, England.


Son of Robert Kippis, a silk hosier, Andrew attended school at Sleaford, Lincolnshire, then, at age 16, the Dissenting academy at Northampton, where Philip Doddridge was president. In 1746, Kippis became minister of a church at Boston; in 1750 he moved to Dorking, Surrey; and in 1753 he became pastor of the Presbyterian congregation at Princes Street Chapel, Westminster, where he remained until his death.

Kippis was a classical tutor at the Hoxton Academy (1763–84), and later at the New College at Hackney. In 1778, he was elected a fellow of the Antiquarian Society, and a fellow of the Royal Society in 1779. He contributed to the Gentleman’s Magazine and the Monthly Review, founded the New Annual Register, and edited five volumes of a new edition of the Biographia Britannica, a work begun in 1778 and interrupted by his death. His other works include:

  1. Great God, in Vain Man’s Narrow View
  2. How Rich Thy Gifts, Almighty King
  3. On Thee, Each Morning, O My God
  4. Say, Should We Search the Globe Around
  5. With Grateful Hearts, with Joyful Tongues