The Peculiar People were originally an offshoot of the Wesleyan denomination, founded in 1838 in Rochford, Essex, by John Banyard, a farm worker's son born in 1800. They derive their name from an alternate translation of the phrase "Chosen people" taken from the book of Deuteronomy.
The Peculiar People is also a phrase used to describe the Quakers, which they adopted with some pride.
Famous quotes containing the words peculiar and/or people:
“It was his peculiar doctrine that a man has a perfect right to interfere by force with the slaveholder, in order to rescue the slave. I agree with him.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)
“People in America, of course, live in all sorts of fashions, because they are foreigners, or unlucky, or depraved, or without ambition; people live like that, but Americans live in white detached houses with green shutters. Rigidly, blindly, the dream takes precedence.”
—Margaret Mead (19011978)