Mayflower Pilgrims: Why did Their Leaders All come from Notts and Lincs?

Adrian Gray

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30th September 2019
Nottinghamshire | Lincolnshire | Christianity | America

This talk is intended to show the great significance of a small number of people from Notts and Lincs who not only are famous for forming the 'Mayflower' Pilgrims congregation, but also created the English Baptist denomination. Just a handful of people from a few villages and country towns around Retford and Gainsborough thus had a significance that few at the time could have guessed.

Their story is one of reaction against repression, stubborn commitment to a personal faith, and a remarkable focus on risking all to live their lives as they believed best. It is a journey that took a small group, often closely related, from quiet fields and farms in the North Midlands to Amsterdam. Leiden and America - and others to death in a prison cell in London.

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About Adrian Gray

I am a Cambridge-educated historian with around 25 published books on a variety of historical topics which you can see on my Amazon author page at:

I specialise in the counties of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, but I also speak on a number of national issues such as Victorian crime and social history, the history of religious freedom, and the history of education and government inspection (which is a lot more interesting than it sounds!). I am one of the leaders of local community efforts to develop Christian heritage for tourism in Notts and Lincs, leading up to 'Mayflower 400' but also including the many other ways in which people from the region have helped to change the world.

I provide a range of lively and fully-illustrated talks that can be tailored for local needs. You can email me for a full list of talks. I am a skilled presenter having worked as a teacher for many years and also as a tour guide in my home area.

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