Athenæ Oxonienses. Vol. 1. an exact history of all the writers and bishops who have had their education in the most ancient and famous University of Oxford, from the fifteenth year of King Henry the Seventh, Dom. 1500, to the end of the year 1690 representing the birth, fortune, preferment, and death of all those authors and prelates, the great accidents of their lives, and the fate and character of their writings : to which are added, the Fasti, or, Annals, of the said university, for the same time ...
Wood, Anthony à, 1632-1695.

An. Dom. 1586.

An. 28 Elizab.

An. 29 Elizab.

Chanc. the same, with his Deputy Sir Tho. Bromley Knight, (sti∣led Chancellour also) July 30.

Vicechanc. Daniel Bernard D. D. Canon of Ch. Ch. nomina∣ted by the Deputy-chancellour (whose Chaplain he was) Jul. 8.

  • Proct.
    • Will. Watkinson of Ch. Ch.
    • Giles Tomson of Alls. Coll.
      • Apr. 14.

Bach. of Musick.

July 9. John Bull who had practised the ac. of Musick for 14 years was then admitted Bach. of Musick.—This Person who had 2 most prodigious hand on the Organ and was famous throughout the religious world for his Church Musick, (the words of some of which ared extant) had been trained up under an excellent Ma∣ster named Blithman Organist of Qu. Elizabeths Chappel, who died much lamented in 1591. This Blithman perceiving that he had a natural genie to the faculty, spared neither time nor labour to advance it to the utmost. So that in short time he being more than Master of it, which he shew'd by his most admirable compositions, played and sung in many Churches beyond the Seas, as well as at home, he took occasion to go incognito into France and Germany. At length hearing of a famous Musician belonging to a certain Cathedral, (at St. Omer as I have heard) he applied himself as a Novice to him to learn something of his faculty, and to see and admire his works. This Musician, after some discourse had passed between them, conducted Bull to a Vestry, or Musick School joyn∣ing to the Cathedral, and shew'd to him a Lesson or Song of forty parts, and then made a vaunting challenge to any Person in the world to add one more part to them, supposing it to be so compleat and full, that it was impossible for any mortal Man to correct, or add to, it. Bull thereupon desiring the use of Ink and rul'd paper, (such as we call Musical Paper) prayed the Musician to lock him up in the said School for 2 or 3 hours. Which being done, not without great disdain by the Musician, Bull in that time, or less, added forty more parts to the said Lesson or Song. The Musician thereupon being called in, he view'd it, tried it, and retri'd it. At length he burst out into a great extasie, and swore by the great God that he that added those 40 parts, must either be the Devil or Dr. Bull &c. Whereupon Bull making himself known, the Musician fell down and ador'd him. Afterwards continuing there and in those parts for a time, became so much admir'd, that he was courted to accept of any place or preferment suitable to his profession, either within the Dominions of the Emperour, King of France, or Spain. But the tidings of these transactions coming to the English Court, Qu. Elizabeth commanded him home. See more of him under the year 1592.

Page  757John Mundy another eminent Musician, now, or after, one of the Organists of her Majesties Chappel, was admitted Bachelaur also the same day.—See more of him in 1624. One Will. Mundy was also a noted Musician and hath composed several divine Servi∣ces and Anthems, but him I find not, to be graduated in this Uni∣versity, or elsewhere.

One Benjam. Hamm a Student of Musick supplicated to be Bac. of that fac. in January; which was granted conditionally that he compose a choral hymn of eight parts before the Passover follow∣ing. About the same time, he supplicated for the Degree of Bach. of Arts, which was denied.

Bach. of Arts.

Jun. 10. Charles Sonibanke of Ch. Ch.—See among the Doct. of Div. 1607.

Jul. 13. Rich, Middleton of Jesus Coll.—This Person who took no other Degree in this University, I take to be the same with Rich. Middleton, Son of Marmaduke Middleton Bishop of St. David, and about this time Archdeacon of Cardigan. One Rich. Middleton Chaplain to Charles Prince of Wales, hath written and published (1) The Key of David. Lond. 1619. in a thick tw. Before which is his picture with a ruff, and a great beard. (2) The heavenly progress. Lond. 1617. in tw. (3) The card and compass of life containing many passages fit for these times, &c. Lond. 1613. oct. Whether this Rich. Middleton the Writer, be the same with Rich. Middleton the Bach. of Arts and Archdeacon of Cardigan, I cannot well tell. Quare.

Oct. 11. Rowland Searchfield of St. Johns Coll.—He was after∣wards Bish. of Bristow.

12. Edw. Gee lately of Merton, now of Linc. Coll.

  • Oct. 12.
    • Rich. Brett
    • Christop. Sutton
      • of Linc.
  • 19. John Budden of Trin.
  • Nov. 9. Alex. Gill of C. C.
    • Coll.

The last was the Senior of both his names, and afterwards Master of St. Pauls School.

Dcemb. 14. Sam. Slade—See among the M. of A. 1593.

Dec. 17. John Sanford of Bllio, afterwards of Magd. Coll.

Jan. 27. Franc. Mason—Afterwards worthily characterized to be Vindex Ecclesiae Anglicane.

30. Nich. Fuller of Hart hall.

  • Feb. 15.
    • Lew. Thomas
    • Edw. Bree-word
      • of Bras. Coll.

John Day of St. Alb. hall, afterwards of Oriel Coll. was admitted the same day.

16. Anthony Benn of Broadgates hall—He was afterwards Re∣corder of London and a Knight.

17. Bernard. Adams of Trin. Coll.—He was afterwards Bishop of Limrick in Ireland.

23. Tho. Clerke of Broadgates hall—Whether this Person, who was a Warwick hire Man born, was the same Tho. Clerke who was a Seminary Priest of the Coll. at Rheimes, but afterwards returned to the Church of England, and recanted in a Sermon at Pauls Cross, 1. Jul. 1593 (which Sermon was printed at London 1594. in oct.) or the same Tho. Clerke who wrot The life and death of M. Pet. Kempe (printed about the same time) I know not. See another Tho. Clerke who was admitted Bach. of Arts in 1566.

Admitted 179.

Mast. of Arts.

Apr. 20. John Buckridge of St. Johns Coll.

Jan. 4. Rich. Parry of Ch. Ch.

Laur. Keimis of Ball. Coll. was adm. the same day.—This Keimis who was a Wilts. Man born became afterwards companion in travel and counsellour in design to the renowned Knight Sir Walt. Rawleigh; but whether he gave any assistance to the composure of his history, is very doubtful. In 1595 when that Knight undertook to gain a golden mine in Guiana, this Keimis was one of his chief Captains and Conductors in that expedition, but being unfortunate in his undertakings, and therefore very much blamed by Rawleigh, he, out of a deep reluctancy, pistol'da himself in his Cabin in Rawleigh's Ship, in the Summer time in 1618, after he had view'd, and travell'd through, the remotest parts of the world.

Jun. 15. Henry Airay of Queens Coll.

Jul. 6. Henry Penry lately of Cambridge, now of St. Albans hall.

8. Hen. Jacob of St. Maries hall.

Jan. 27 Henry Bright of Ball. Coll.—He was afterwards Master of the Kings School at Worcester (in which City he was born) for 40 years together, and Prebendary of the Church there for the last 7 years of his life. He had a most excellent faculty in instructing youths, in Lat. Gr. and Hebrew, most of which, were afterwards sent to the Universities, where they proved eminent to emulation. He was also an excellent Preacher, was resorted to far and near, and dying 4. March 1626 was buried in the Cath. Ch. at Worcester. The posterity of this Hen. Bright do live now in gentile fashion in Worcestershir.

Mar. 16. John Dove of Ch. Ch.

Admitted 65. or thereabouts.

Bach. of Div.

Jul. 4. W. . Massie of Brasn. Coll.—He was born in Cheshire, and was at this time 〈◊〉 to Sir Edm. Trafford of Trafford in Page  758Lancashire. He hath published A Sermon preached at Trafford in Lancashire at the marriage of a Daughter of Sir Edm. Trafford Knight 6. Sept. 1586, on Psal. 128. 1. 2. Oxon. 1586. oct. Two years alter he was removed from his Fellowship, and perhaps did publish other things.

Will. Leigh of Brasn. Coll. was adm. the same day.

Admitted 8.

Doct. of Law.

Jul. 4. Anthony Blencow Provost of Oriel Coll.

Not one besides him was this year admitted.

☞Not one Doct. of Phys. was admitted this year.

Doct. of Div.

Apr. 14. John Chardon of Exeter Coll.

Jul. 9. Nich. Balgay of Magd. Coll.—In 1583 he became Pre∣bendary of Netherhaven in the Church of Salisbury, and in May 1589 Subdean thereof in the place of Tho. Dillworth. Both which Dignities he resigning to the famous Mr. Rich. Hooker, he became Master of the Temple in the said Mr. Hooker's place 1591.


Jul. 11. Lawrence Staunton M. of A. of Cambridge.—In 1601 he succeeded Dr. Will. Cole in the Deanery of Lincolne, which dig∣nity he keeping till 1613, was then succeeded by Roger Parker D. D. after he had been 14 years Chantor of the Church there. The said Dr. Parker died 29. Aug. 1629 aged 71. and was buried in the Cath. Ch. at Lincolne; whereupon his Deanery was bestowed on one Anth. Topham.

Simon Robson M. of A. of the said University, was incorporated on the same day—In the year 1598 the said Robson being then D. D. succeeded Dr. Anth. Watson in the Deanery of Bristow, and dying in May or June 1617 was buried in St. Augustines Church there; whereupon Dr. Edw. Chetwind was elected Dean in his place, 16. of June the same year.

Thom. Atkinson Bach. of Div. of Cambr. was incorporated also the same day—He was afterwards D. of D. Subdean of St. Pauls Cathedral, and died in Apr. 1616.

Besides him, were 13 Bachelaurs of Div. of Cambr. incorpora∣ted, of whom I know nothing as yet.

There was also a supplicate made in the house of Congregation that Thom. Legg Doctor of the Civ. Law of Cambr. might be incor∣porated, but whether he was really so, I find not—He was a Norwich Man born, was first of Trinity, and afterwards of Jesus, College in Cambridge: in both which houses he had the name and repute of one of the best in England for composing Tragedies, wit∣ness his Destruction of Jerusalem, and Life of King Rich. 3. which last was acted with great applause in that University. He was afterwards made the second Master of Gonvill and Caius Coll. was a Doctor in the Court of Arches, one of the Masters of the Chan∣cery, the Kings Law Professor, and twice Vicechanc. of Cambridge. He died in July 1607. aged 72, and was buried, as I conceive, in the Chap. belonging to the said Coll. to which he was a bene∣factor.