- Also known as
primary name: Yates, James
other name: Yates
- individual; cleric/religious official; academic/intellectual; British; Male
- Life dates
- Lauderdale House, Highgate, London (1860)
- Born at Toxteth Park, near Liverpool, on 30 April 1789, the son of a minister. Studied divinity; became the unordained minister of a Unitarian congregation in October 1811 and graduated MA from Glasgow in 1812. With Thomas Southwood Smith, he founded the Scottish Unitarian Association in 1813. He published his Vindication of Unitarianism in 1815.Left the ministry for a time at the end of 1825, and spent a semester at the University of Berlin, as a student of classical philology in 1827. He was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society, 1819; Linnean Society, 1822; Royal Society, 1831; and appointed secretary to the Council of the British Association, 1831. In the same year he was elected a trustee of Dr Williams's foundations (resigned 1861). In 1832 he became minister of Carter Lane Chapel, Doctors' Commons, London until leaving the ministry soon after 1836 and, being unordained, became a lay minister. Yates contributed much material to Sir William Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, published in 1842, and numerous papers on archaeological subjects to the learned societies of London and Liverpool. He died at Lauderdale House, Highgate, on 7 May 1871, and was buried at Highgate cemetery.
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