Clarkson, Laurence [pseud. Laurence Claxton]
- William Lamont
Clarkson, Laurence [pseud. Laurence Claxton] (1615–1667), sectary, was born at Preston, Lancashire. He appears to have been apprenticed to a tailor, and to have travelled to London after completing his training, and apparently after the outbreak of civil war in 1642. By then he had rejected the form of worship which passed for orthodoxy during the Laudian ascendancy, developed a taste for the ministry of godly preachers, was given to extemporized prayer, and had become a committed presbyterian. In ...