Watts’ Life and Legacy
orn July 17, 1674,1 Isaac Watts entered a deeply troubled Britain. Eleven years before his birth, a horrific outbreak of the bubonic plague swept through London, killing more than one hundred thousand people. Watts’ birthplace, the port city of Southampton, was nearly depopulated by the same outbreak; streets were deserted and overgrown with weeds. The following year, all England was devastated at the news of the Great Fire leveling much of the capital city. But disease and disaster were not the only afflictions on Britain at the time of Watts’ birth. The nation was still struggling through massive, interrelated religious and political upheavals.
Published on Oct 8, 2013