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John Newton (1725–1807) by Joseph Collyer the younger, 1807 (after John Russell, 1788) © National Portrait Gallery, London


Newton, John (1725–1807), slave trader and Church of England clergyman, was born on 24 July 1725 in Wapping, London, the only child of John Newton (d. 1750), master mariner in the Mediterranean trade, and his first wife, Elizabeth (1705?–1732), whose maiden name was probably ...