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Reverend Henry Melvill Gwatkin (30 July 1844–14 November 1916) was an English theologian and church historian.

He was born at Barrow-on-Soar, Leicestershire. He was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge.[1] He became Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History of the University of Cambridge in 1891, retiring in 1912.


  • Studies of Arianism, Chiefly Referring to the Character and Chronology of the Reaction Which Followed the Council of Nicaea (1882)
  • The Arian Controversy (1889)
  • The Meaning of Ecclesiastical History (1891) Inaugural Lecture
  • Selections from Early Writers, illustrative of Church history to the time of Constantine (1893)
  • The Church Past and Present: a Review of its History (1900) editor
  • The Eye for Spiritual Things: and Other Sermons (1906)
  • The Knowledge of God and its Historical Development (1906) Gifford Lectures, two volumes
  • Early Church History to A.D. 313 (1909) two volumes
  • The Cambridge Medieval History. Vol. I: The Christian Roman Empire and the Foundation of the Teutonic Kingdoms (1911) editor with J. P. Whitney
  • The Cambridge Medieval History: Volume II, The Rise Of The Saracens And The Foundation Of The Western Empire (1913) editor with J. B. Bury
  • Episcopy I. In Scripture (1914) pamphlet
  • The Confirmation Rubric: Whom does it Bind (1914) pamphlet
  • Britain's Case Against Germany: A Letter to a Neutral (1917)
  • Church and State in England to the Death of Queen Anne (1917)
  • Sacrifice of Thankfulness (1917) sermons, edited by L. de L. Gwatkin

Gwatkin also wrote few malacological studies, include:


  1. ^ Gwatkin, Henry Melvill in Venn, J. & J. A., Alumni Cantabrigienses, Cambridge University Press, 10 vols, 1922–1958.

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"HENRY MELVILL GWATKIN (1844-1916), English theological scholar, was born at Barrow-on-Soar, Leics., July 30 184 4, the youngest son of the Rev. R. Gwatkin, formerly tutor at St. John's College, Cambridge. He was educated at Shrewsbury and St. John's College, Cambridge, where he graduated in theology in 1868, taking the Carus prize for Greek in 1865 and 1869, and the Tyrwhitt Hebrew prize in 1870. In 1868 he became a fellow of St. John's, and in 1874 theological lecturer. He succeeded Creighton as Dixie professor of ecclesiastical history at Cambridge (1891) and in 1903 gave the Gifford lectures at Edinburgh. He died at Cambridge Nov. 14 1916.

His chief works were Studies of Arianism (1882); The Knowledge of God (1906, the published version of his Gifford lectures) and Early Church History (1909).

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