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THE GENERAL

BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY.

A NEW EDITION.

VOL. XXXII.

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A NEW AND GENERAL

BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY.

Whitgift (John), archbishop of Canterbury in the reigns of queen Elizabeth and king James, and one of the most intrepid supporters of the constitution of the church of England, was descended of the ancient family of Whitgift in Yorkshire. His grandfather was John Whitgift, gent. whose son was Henry, a merchant of Great Grimsby in Lincolnshire. Another of his sons was Robert Whitgift, who was abbot de Wellow or Welhove juxta Grimsby in the said county, a monastery of Black Canons dedicated to the honour of St. Augustin. He was a man memorable, not , only for the education of our John Whitgift, but also for his saying concerning the Romish religion. He declared in the hearing of his nephew, that “they and their religion could not long continue, because,” said he, “I have read the whole Scripture over and over, and could never find therein that our religion was founded by God." And as a proof of this opinion, the abbot alleged that saying of our Saviour, " Every plant that my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.” Henry, the father of our archbishop, had six sons, of whom he was the eldest, and one daughter, by Anne Dynewel, a young gentlewoman of a good family at Great Grimsby. The names of the other five sons were William, George, Philip, Richard, and Jeffrey; and that of the daughter Anne.

John was born at Great Grimsby in 1530, according to his biographers Strype and Paule, but according to Mr. Francis Thyone, quoted by Strype, in 1533 : the former, however, is most probably the right date. He was sent early for education to St. Antony's school, London, then a very eminent one, and was lodged in St. Paul's church VOL. XXXII.

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