Laud, William, 1573-1645

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Birth 1573-10-07
Death 1645-01-10

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Epithet: Archbishop of Canterbury

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000834.0x000279

Archbishop William Laud was born on 7 October 1573, the son of a clothier at Reading. He matriculated at St. John's college, Oxford, in 1589, four years after became Fellow, and was President from 1611 to 1621, when he became bishop of St. Davids. His greater promotions came from Charles I, the bishopric of London in 1628, the archbishopric of Canterbury in 1633. As Chancellor of the University from 12 April 1629 to 28 June 1641, he took an active part in its reform and regulation, especially in the preparation of the Laudian Code of Statutes (1636), under which the University lived until 1854. In December 1640 the House of Commons impeached him for treason, but his actual trial did not begin till 12 March 1644, and on 10 January 1645 he was beheaded on Tower Hill in London. Further details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography .

From the guide to the Laudian Collection, 7th-17th century, (Bodleian Library, University of Oxford)

Archbishop of Canterbury.

From the description of On church government : unpublished manuscript in a contemporary hand, ca. 1611. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270129913


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