Born: March 25, 1725, Not­ting­ham, Eng­land.

Died: Oc­to­ber 8, 1795.

Buried: Bun­hill Fields, Lon­don, Eng­land.



Andrew was the son of Ro­bert Kip­pis, a silk ho­sier.

He 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: