Irving, Rev. Edward (1792–1834)
Famous Scottish preacher, born on August 4, 1792, in
Annan, Scotland. His Regent Square Church congregation was
the scene of extraordinary psychic manifestations in 1831. His
followers called ‘‘Irvingites’’ were seized with the gift of speaking
in tongues; they also prophesied and effected cures. Irving
was forced to retire from Regent Square in 1832 because of his
acceptance and promotion of pentecostal phenomena. Along
with Irving, the Irvingites formed a dissenting congregation
called Catholic Apostolic Church. In 1833 Irving was condemned
by the presbytery of Annan on charges of heresy. Irving
died in Glasgow, Scotland on December 7, 1834.
Sources
Baxter, Robert. A Narrative of Facts Characterising the Supernatural
Manifestations in the Members of Mr. Irving’s Congregation,
and Other Individuals in England and Scotland, and formerly in the
Writer Himself. London, 1833.
Dallimore, Arnold A. Forerunner of the Charismatic Movement
The Life of Edward Irving. Chicago Moody Press, 1983.
Dictionary of National Biography. The Concise Dictionary. part 1,
From the Beginnings to 1900. London Oxford University Press,
1953.
Drummond, Andrew L. Edward Irving and His Circle. London
J. Clarke, 1937.
Marricks, William S. Edward Irving The Forgotten Giant. East
Peoria, Ill. Scribe’s Chamber Publications, 1983.
Wilks, Washington. Edward Irving An Ecclesiastical and Literary
Biography. London, 1854.

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