Brothers, Richard (1757-1824)

Brothers, Richard (1757-1824), the originator of the Anglo-Israelite craze, was born in Newfoundland, and from 1772 to 1789 served in the British navy. Refusing to take the oath requisite to enable him to draw his lieutenant's half-pay, he came at last to the workhouse. In 1793 he announced himself as the apostle of a new religion, 'the Nephew of the Almighty,' and 'Prince of the Hebrews, appointed to lead them to the Land of Canaan;' and in 1794 he published A Revealed Knowledge of the Prophecies and Times. For prophesying the death of the king and the destruction of the monarchy he was committed in 1795 to Newgate, and thence for eleven years to a lunatic asylum. His disciples included Nathaniel Halhed (1751-1830), the M.P. and orientalist, William Sharp (q.v.), the engraver, and John Finlayson (1770-1854), a lawyer from Fife.
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 137

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