Pigott, Thomas (16th/17th century)

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Thomas Pigot(t), an English refugee living at Am­sterdam, Holland, who was a Brownist of John Smyth's party, which had separated from the main Brownist body. Smyth and his party, including Pigott, had been influenced by the Men­nonites and accepted the doctrine of believers' bap­tism. After Smyth's death in 1612, Pigott became the preacher of this group, which in 1615 joined the Mennonite Waterlander congregation at Am­sterdam. Because of the difference of language, the English group continued to meet separately in their former meetinghouse called Jan Munter's bakehouse. Pigott, who had been ordained as an elder by the Waterlander elder Pieter Andriesz Hesseling in 1620, served until his death in 1639. Then the English group discontinued its separate meetings. After Smyth's death Pigott published Smyth's Retraction of Errors and Confirmation of the Truth, adding a preface in commemoration of Smyth and a confession drawn up by Smyth. The Amsterdam Mennonite library contains a written copy of John Smyth's Confession and Life (of 1612) by Pigott. Four other members of the Pigott family also joined the Mennonites in 1615.


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Hoop Scheffer, J. G. de and W. E, Griffis, History of the Free Churchmen. Ith­aca, 1922: 148, 163-68.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, pp. 179-180. All rights reserved.

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