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  • Born in Stowford, Devon 17th September 1578
  • Died at Bredon, Worcestershire 29th July 1650  (aged 72 years) of a fever
  • Buried at Bredon, Worcestershire 16th August 1650
  • Married in 1612, Anne Goodwin, daughter of William Goodwin. Died  August 11th 1627 and buried in St. Michael’s, Oxford
  • Married in 1628, Mary (Marie) Rendell, daughter of Sir Thomas Reynell of Ogwell, nr. Newton Abbott
  • Children by Anne:
  • 1614 William, bapt Devon . Matriculated at Exeter College and later became a Col. in Kings army, killed at Marston Moor, 1644
  • 1617 Mary, bapt. 10th February, buried 9th December 1624
  • 1618  Anne, bapt. 3rd March 1618, St. Michael’s, Oxford, buried 29th September 1624
  • 1619  Sarah, bapt. 15th December 1619, St. Michael’s, Oxford, marr. William Hodges died 17th April 1652, bur. Ripple, Worcs.
  • 1621 Elizabeth, bapt. 25th March 1621, St. Michael’s, Oxford, marr.  Henry Sutton died 2nd February 1659/60, bur. Bredon, Worcs.
  • 1622 Matthias, bapt. 1st September 1622, Exeter College Chapel, buried  17th February in 1625 February but died 14th September 1624. John buried him after consecrating the new Chapel at Exeter College.
  • 1622 John, bapt. 1st September 1622, Exeter College Chapel, bur. 1st August 1636
  • 1624 Robert, bapt. 14th May 1624, Exeter College Chapel, died of poisoning, buried 14th September 1627. He accidentally swallowed poison and took ten hours to die in agony. It was one month after his mother had died.
  • 1625 Mathias who matriculated at Exeter Collge and became a Captain in King’s Army. Author of “All Sortes of Histories….” Died in London of Smallpox in 1646.
  • No children by Mary
  • Several poems were written for the children after they died and some can be read here. 
  • John walked the 170 miles to Oxford under sponsorship of Lady Fowel in 1596
  • Pupil at Exeter College under Mr. William Helme, B.D. 1596
  • He matriculated from Exeter College Oxford 14 Oct 1596
  • A. 31st January 1599
  • Elected Fellow of Exeter College 30th Jun 1601
  • M.A. 30th Jun 1603
  • Took Holy Orders
  • Gave evidence at the Star Chamber in regard to the Gunter Witch case in 1606
  • Chaplain and tutor to Prince Henry the son of King James and later to King James and King Charles I
  • Fellow of Chelsea College 1609
  • D. 6th May 1611
  • Elected Rector of Exeter College 4th April 1612
  • D. 30th May 1612;
  • Vicar of Bampton 17th July 1614
  • Regius professor of divinity at Oxford 1615
  • Vice-Chancellor Oxford University, July 1619 to July 1621. July 1624 to 1626, and from 7 Oct. 1641 to 7 Feb. 1624/5
  • Canon of Christ Church 16th Mar 1616
  • Vicar of Chalgrove 1620
  • Canon at Salisbury Cathedral, 17th Jun 1620
  • Rector of Ewelme 1629
  • Rector, St. Martin’s, Bladon, Oxfordshire 1st Apr 1625 to 1641
  • Plaque erected at Harford Church 20th July 1639
  • Member of Lords’ committee 1 March 1640-1 to meet in the Jerusalem chamber and discuss plans of church reform under the lead of Williams
  • Bishop of Worcester, appointed 22nd November 1641, consecrated at Westminster 19th December 1641. He was a loyalist, and the surrender of Worcester to the Parliamentary forces in 1646 ended his episcopate. He is listed as being Bishop until his death in 1650
  • He spent his last years with his daughter and son-in-law who was the Rector of Bredon
  • He was a prolific writer, mainly in Latin, his principal works in English being The Doctrine of the Sabbath (London, 1634), and Sacred Eloquence (1659); he also wrote on devotional subjects. He had many pamphlets and books published, most which are in print nowJPx Book
  • Many of the great and the good attended his funeral
  • There are tributes to him in many books and pamphlets
  • Look here for lots of photographs relevant to John Prideaux
Bishop John Prideaux 1578-1650
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