Irving, Rev. Edward (1792-1834)

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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.


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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.