Laud, William, 1573-1645

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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From the description of On church government : unpublished manuscript in a contemporary hand, ca. 1611.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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creatorOf Bramhall, John, 1594-1663. Letter to Reverend James Ussher : [n.p.], 1654 July 20. California Digital Library
referencedIn VOL. I. Henry IV. King of England, n. d., f. 23; T[homas Arundel], Archbishop of Canterbury, 11 Apr., f. 24; Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, Henry [Chicheley], Archbishop of Canterbury, John [Stafford], Bishop of Bath, William Lyndewood, and others of ..., 15th century-17th century British Library
referencedIn TRANSCRIPTS Of State-papers, letters and tracts; tempp. Eliz.-Charles 1. The contents are:-1. Form of oath taken by Sir Walter Mildmay on his admission to the Privy Council, 7 July, 1566. f. 1. 2. "The opinion of Civilians touchinge the Priviledges..., 17th century British Library
referencedIn 1. COPIES of the papers contained in the preceding volume; by Sir W. Betham, f. 1. 2. "A form for ye government of ye (first) Earl of Cork's family at Stalbridge," f. 22. 3. Copy of an autobiographical memoir of Richard Boyle, first Earl of Cork, f. ..., 17th century-19th century British Library
referencedIn Joseph Binns, Surgeon to St. Bartholomews's Hospital: Medical case-book: 1633-1663.includes:f. 5 Edward Kendricke: Letter to his cousin, Dr. Binges: circ. 1660.f. 19 Francis Kisse, of Lichfield: Letter from him, and Jane his wife, to Dr. Bynne: 1... British Library
creatorOf Bacon, Nathaniel, 1593-1660. Miscellanous works of Puritan authors [manuscript], ca. 1638-ca. 1650. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Laud, William, 1573-1645. On church government : unpublished manuscript in a contemporary hand, ca. 1611. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn COMMONPLACE-BOOK of Sir John Gibson (1606-1665), of Welburn, near Kirkby Moorside, co. York, a Royalist prisoner in Durham Castle, circ. 1653-1660. The compilation is dedicated, in a letter (f. 5 b) dated March, 1656, to his son John Gibson. Holograp..., approximately 1653-1660 British Library
creatorOf Laud, William, 1573-1645. Autograph signature W. Cant. to a letter : Oatlandes, to Edward, Viscount Conway at Newcastle, 1640 Aug. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Scotland. National Covenant : agreement, 1638 February 28. Library of Congress
referencedIn Vol. i. 1583-1679.includes:f. 2 London, Parishes. St. Mary Aldermary: Agreement of the Dean of Westminster with Trinity College, Cambridge, for election to scholarships: 1608.: Copy. ff. 4, 6 Constantin Huygens, Heer van Zuylichem, Dutch Statesman: ..., 1583-1679 British Library
referencedIn TRANSCRIPTS Of State letters and papers, 1521-1631. contents :-1. Cardinal Wolsey to Henry VIII on the death of the Pope, [Leo X], and his chances of succeeding, him, 31 Dec. [1521]. This, with Nos. 2-7, is evidently copied front a MS. subsequently ..., 1521-1631 British Library
referencedIn PAPERS relating to Bishops' visitations and other matters affecting St. Paul's Cathedral, London; 1378-1725. 1. Confirmation by Pope Urban VI. of privileges granted by Simon de Sudbury, Bishop of London, 11 May, 1374, to the minor canons; Rome, xi ka..., 17th century-18th century British Library
referencedIn John Branthwaite: Commonplace Book, c.1680 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
referencedIn MISCELLANEOUS Original letters, etc.; 1561-1801. 1. Elizabeth [daughter of Henry II., of France, and wife of Philip II., of Spain], to her brother, Charles IX., announcing the imprisonment of Don Carlos; 21 Jan. [1568]. Fr. f. 1. 2. Philip, Landgrave..., 1561-1801 British Library
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creatorOf Laud, William, 1573-1645. Recapitulation of his defence before the house of commons : copy of the original document, 1644 Sept. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn MISCELLANEOUS historical letters, etc.; 1375-1810. In two series, English or relating to England and (artt. 87-106) foreign. 1. Andrea Contarini, Doge of Venice, to Edward III. of England, desiring a safe conduct for merchant-ships about to be sent t... British Library
referencedIn Glasses Drinking: Drawings and measurements: 1667-1671.John Greene, Citizen and Glass-Seller of London: Papers and letters relating to the Glass-Sellers' Company: 1670-1690.London; COMPANIES, LIVERY. GLASS-SELLERS COMPANY: Papers relating to the glas... British Library
referencedIn COMMONPLACE-BOOK of [William Lloyd, Bishop of Norwich; cf. J. H. Overton, The Nonjurors, pp. 38-46]; mainly transcripts of religious and political papers. Names of authors, etc., are in the bishop's autograph. The principal contents are as follows:-..., 1680-1740 British Library
referencedIn VOL. II. Transcripts from 1503 to 1682; chiefly in English. A large portion of the volume consists of private and business letters from noblemen, bishops, abbats and others, to officers of the Exchequer; and of papers relating to the Augmentation Off..., 1503-1682 British Library
referencedIn London; Hospitals. St Thomas's Hospital: Papers relating to: 16th-17th centt.includes:ff. 189 b-192 b Rochester, Kent: Lease of a house in Leadenhall Street, London, for repair of Rochester Bridge: 17th cent.f. 205 James I of England: Act for pre... British Library
creatorOf Vossius, Gerardus Joannes, 1577-1649. Copy of the original letter : Amsterdam, to William Laud, Archbishop of Caterbury, 1636 Nov. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn England and Wales. Ecclesiastical Court. Copy of an opinion, rendered 1637 Jul. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Vol. I. (ff. 283). 1628-1651. 1. Message of the King to the House of Commons concerning liberty of speech; [? circ. 1628]. Copy (18th cent.). f. 1. 2. Privy Council to the " Chiefe officers of the Towne of Colchester," commanding them to assist the o... British Library
referencedIn Sir John Bramston, Chief Justice of the King's Bench: Dispensation from fasting: 1636.William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury: Dispensation from fasting to Sir J. Bramston: 1636. British Library
referencedIn THORESBY PAPERS. Vol. I (ff. 309). Letters, etc., of Archbishops and Bishops arranged in alphabetical order of see; circ. 1551-1721. Latin and English. At the beginning are lists made by R. Thoresby of his collections of original letters and the sour..., approximately 1551-1721 British Library
referencedIn includes:f. 1 James I of England: Letter from the Lords of the Council to the Justices of the Peace for levying a contribution for recovery of the Palatinate: 1622.: Copy.f. 2 London PARISHES AND LOCALITIES: Privy Council letter for levying a con... British Library
creatorOf Composite Miscellany relating to Philosophy, Theology, Medicine and Poetry; late 12th-early 17th cent. Latin and Middle English. Copies. Imperfect. The cataloguing of this MS. was funded by the Wellcome Trust and only the texts relating to medici..., 1160-1640 British Library
referencedIn MISCELLANEOUS papers and letters, collected together apparently by Thomas Tenison, Rector of St. Martin's in the Fields, Westiminster, afterwards Archbishop of Canterbury, viz. 1. Epigrammata, in an early l7th cent. hand, selected from various author..., 17th century British Library
creatorOf Sir Henry Herbert, Master of the Revels: Legal papers relating to alleged arrears of tythes in his manor of Ribbesford, etc.; 1639-before 1682. Partly Latin. Copies and drafts, partly imperfect. Acquired with Add. Chs. 77026-77037. The papers rel... British Library
referencedIn MEMIOIRS of Ulick Bourke (or De Burgh), 5th Earl and (1646) Marquess of Clanricarde, for the most part in the form of a letter-book, accompanied by marginal comments (in the first person) bearing upon his part in the affairs of Ireland; 24 Sept. 1643... British Library
creatorOf IMPRESSION of seal of the Vicar-General of William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury; 1633-1645. W. de G. Birch, Catalogue of Seals in the Department of Manuscripts at the British Museum (1887), no. 1365. Made from a matrix owned by Lt.-Col. William Hen... British Library
referencedIn Boswell's Life of Johnson : including Boswell's Journal of a tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a journey into North Wales, edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1464-1897 (inclusive), 1724-1874 (bulk). Houghton Library
referencedIn MISCELLANEOUS autograph letters; 1562-1783, viz.: 1. A[mbrose Dudley, Earl of ] Warwick to "le Comte de Ringroffe" [Rhinegrave], sending him news of a victory of the Admiral [Coligny] and Monsr Dandelot, etc.; Havre de Grâce, 22 Jan. 1562. Fr. f. 1. ..., 1562-1783 British Library
referencedIn STATUTA COLLEGII Mertonensis in Universitate Oxoniensi, 1274; from an original in the College treasury, transcribed and compared with the Statutes of 1267, by Scrope Berdmore, in 1738;-Statutes of the same College, drawn up by Abp. Laud, in 1640;-Abp..., 1640-1765 British Library
referencedIn "STATUTES for the government of the Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Canterbury," made by Archbishop Laud, and confirmed by Charles I. by letters-patent dated Westminster, 3 Jan. 1636 [7]. At the end is a letter from Laud to the Dean and Chapter; Lam... British Library
referencedIn Bliss, James, fl. 1852-1853. Letter: 1853 Sept. 5, Ozbourne, St. Andrew, Marlborough, to David Laing / James Bliss. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Laud, William, 1573-1645. Document signed : Whitehall, 1635 Feb. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Laudian Collection, 7th-17th century Bodleian Library, Oxford
referencedIn Autograph File, L, 1641-1976. Houghton Library
referencedIn The Oriental manuscripts of Archbishop Laud, 13th-17th century University of Oxford, Department of Oriental Collections, Bodleian Library
referencedIn TRANSCRIPTS of various Historical Papers in a hand of the xviith cent. viz. Letter of Richard III. to the Mayor of Windsor, to arrest utterers of seditious writings, dat. Westm. 6 Dec. [1485 ?];-Letter of Henry, Earl of Richmond, before he was King, ..., 17th century British Library
creatorOf Laud, William, 1573-1645. Certificate upon his majesty's instructions : copy of a report, 1634 Jan. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Symon Rolleston, Registrar of the Probate Court, London: Will of Archbishop Laud, transcribed by: 1662.Owners of Manuscripts: Rowe, Lady: 1662.William Laud, Archbishop of Canterbury: Will, with probate: 1643/4, 1661/2.Richard Baylie: Probate of Archb... British Library
referencedIn WEST PAPERS. Vol. I. (ff. 289). Miscellaneous letters, mostly original, of interest historically or otherwise; 1532-1734. The names of all the writers are given in the index. Among them are:-1. John Fox, the Martyrologist, to Sir [William] Cecil, Se..., 1532-1734 British Library
referencedIn HARDWICKE PAPERS. Vol. CCCCXC. The principal contents are:-1. Contract of marriage between Mary, Queen of Scots, and James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell; 14 May, l567. Copy. f. 17. 2. Account of the reception by the Emperor Charles V. at Bologna of Sir ..., 1559-1775 British Library
creatorOf Laud, William, 1573-1645,. Autograph letter signed from William Laud, Oatlands, to Edward Conway [manuscript], 1640 August 2. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn COLLECTION Of papers relating to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, viz.:-"A memorial relating to the Universities," suggesting amendments in the statutes; [ 1717-18]. f. 2. J. Gutch, Collectanea Curiosa, 1781, vol. ii. p. 53. Gutch say... British Library
referencedIn Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. 1640. Contemporary copy of the message from the House of Commons arraigning the Archbishop of Canterbury on a charge of treason : [London], 1640 Dec. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn HEATH AND VERNEY PAPERS. Vol. I (ff. 321). Miscellaneous State papers, etc., 1603-1659. The principal contents are as follows :-1. Weekly statistics of burials in London from the plague and otherwise, 24 Dec. 1602-22 Dec. 1603, and 6 Jail.-22 Dec. 16..., 1602-1659 British Library
creatorOf Church of England. Province of Canterbury. Archbishop (1633-1645 : Laud). Account for the year 1637 : copy of the report, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Speeches made & delivered in the 2d Assembly of that great and memorable Parlamente wch began on ye 25th of November Anno Dom. 1640 : Together with some verses and other thinges of that 1st yeare. And also the manner of holdinge a parlamente in Englande, [ca. 1641]. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Laud, William, 1573-1645. Letter with autograph signature : to Lord Clifford, 1638 12 08. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Laud, William, 1573-1645. Document signed : Whitehall, sent to the high sheriff of the county of Salop, 1639 Jan. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Laud, William, 1573-1645. [His funeral sermon: collection of materials relating to this sermon, preached 10 Jan 1645, on the scaffold], [10 Jan 1645]. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf SCOTS COMMISSIONERS FOR THE TREATY OF RIPON: correspondence and papers; Aug. 1640-March 1641. Copies. This notebook relates to negotiations by the Scots Commissioners over the eight months from the Second Bishops' War to the final rejection of their ..., 1640-1641 British Library
referencedIn Vol. i. (ff. 164). 1570-1640. 1. Edward Dering, Puritan divine, to Archbishop Parker; 5 Sept. 1570. Latin. Followed by an English translation. f. 1. 2. Jo-Astyll to his "good bedfellowe" Anthony Dering, on the death of the latter's wife Mary [dau. o... British Library
creatorOf Laud, William, 1573-1645. Privy council letter signed : Whitehall, to the sheriff of Leicester, 1630 Mar. 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Laud, William, 1573-1645. Returne to his majesty's instructions for the year 1636 : copy of the report and the king's marginal notes, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf THE ARTICLES OF THE BARONS, 1215 British Library
referencedIn "GESTA BRITANNICA, præsortim Anglorum, adjectis aliquot observationibus, maxime in iis quæ, ad ecclesiam a temporibus retroactis ad A.D. mdcxlviii [Jan. 1648/9] spectant."The work, which is apparently autograph, is divided into ten books, the last th... British Library
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Birth 1573-10-07

Death 1645-01-10




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