Spiritual Pilgrim

A Reassessment of the Life of the Countess of Huntingdon

Edwin Welch

Spiritual Pilgrim

Edwin Welch

Distributed for University of Wales Press

233 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 1995
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9781783160020 Published February 2014 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Selina, Countess of Huntingdon (1707–91), was the only woman to play a prominent role in the Methodist Revival of the eighteenth century. Based on extensive original manuscript sources, including letters and papers, Edwin Welch’s Spiritual Pilgrim traces Selina’s story from a genteel but impoverished upbringing and the separation of her parents, to her marriage to Theophilus Hasting, the Ninth Earl of Huntingdon, to her clashes with the cleric John Wesley, to the final years of her life during which she founded a college for training evangelical ministers, supported an orphanage in Savannah, Georgia, encouraged the building of Calvinistic Methodist chapels in England and Wales, and established her own denomination.

List of Illustrations


List of Abbreviations

Shirley Family Pedigree

Hastings Family Pedigree


1. Childhood and Youth

2. Marriage

3. Conversion

4. Widowhood

5. Family and Friends

6. Freedom

7. The College at Trefeca

8. The Bethesda Orphan House

9. Secession

10. Bethesda Again

11. The College and the Apostolic Society

12. The Connexion

Appendix: Seymour’s Life and Times

Note on Sources
Manuscript Sources


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