Francis Whiddon (d. 1658)A Calvinistic English Puritan, unknown for the most part, but a member of the Westminster Assembly.
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“Avoid that generation of men whose grand design is to undermine the gospel.” – Francis Whiddon
Biography of Francis Whiddon (d. 1658):
This is relatively no data on Francis Whiddon. Here is what is known about him:
Rev. Francis Whiddon was rector of the Church of Moretonhampstead, Devon County, England from May 19, 1624 to January 16, 1656. He was Rector during the exciting and fearful days of the Civil War, remaining in office until his death in 1656. His wife was Anna Southmeade of Wray Barton. The Whiddon Memorial can be seen at St. Andrews Church in Moretonhampstead, Devon celebrating Rev. Whiddon’s service under the patronage on his father-in-law, John Southmeade of Wray (1521-1582), who purchased the benefice at the church in order to install his Puritan son-in-law in the pulpit. We do know that Francis Whiddon sat on the Westminster Assembly, and his only known work is “The Golden Topaz or Heart Jewel, Namely, A Conscience Purified and Pacified by the Blood and Spirit of Christ,” on Hebrews 13:18, which was published by the Oxford University Press in the year of his death. Based on the text, it is instruction for keeping a good conscience and is dedicated to his faithful flock. Whiddon says of himself: “He is a very plain man, and has written it for a very plain people – his own congregation.” The monument to Francis Whiddon over the south door of the Nave is considered to be the best in the Church. Francis Whiddon was succeeded by Robert Woolcombe who is described as an ‘Intruder’. The Register of Exeter College, Oxford – a Westcountry foundation – includes the names of Peter Courtenay, Francis Whiddon, Robert Manly, Matthew Atwell and Joseph Shebbeare. Above the inner porch door hangs a tablet to Francis Whiddon. The tablet itself is often referred to by locals as “The Watchman’s Tomb,” from the words of one of the lines in the long epitaph – “Lo here the watchman fallen asleep, The pastor that this flock did keep.”
There is only one work by Francis Whiddon available called, “The Golden Topaz or Heart Jewel, Namely, A Conscience Purified and Pacified by the Blood and Spirit of Christ,” on Hebrews 13:18.
Personally, it is one of my favorite puritan works, a special work, published by Puritan Publications.
Excerpt from the book: Christ’s Blood Applied to Your Soul – by Francis Whiddon (d. 1656)