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Hereditary Genius
Selected from the 196 names contained in Middleton's “Biographia Evangelica.” An *
means that the name to which it is attached appeals also in the alphabetical list; that, in
short, it is one of Middleton's 196 selections.
Abbot, George, Archbp. of Canterbury (15621633, aet. 71). Educated at Guildford
Grammar School, then at Balliol College: became a celebrated preacher. Aet. 35
elected Master of University College, when the differences first began between
him and Laud; these subsisted as long as they lived, Abbot being Calvinist and
Laud High Church. Made Bishop of Lichfield aet. 45; then of London, and, aet.
49, Archbishop of Canterbury. He had great influence in the affairs of the time,
but was too unyielding and too liberal to succeed as a courtier; besides this,
Laud's influence was ever against him. He had great natural parts, considerable
learning, charity, and public spirit. His parents were pious; his father was a
B. Robert Abbot,* Bishop of Salisbury. See below.
B. Maurice, Lord Mayor of London and M.P.
[N.] George, son of Maurice, wrote on the Book of Job.
Abbot, Robert, Bishop of Salisbury (15601617, aet. 57). His preferment was
remarkably owing to his merit, particularly in preaching. King James I. highly
esteemed him for his writings. Aet. 49 he was elected Master of Balliol
College, which throve under his care. Three years afterwards he was made
Professor of Divinity, and aet. 55 Bishop of Salisbury. Died two years later,
through gout and stone brought on by his sedentary life. In contrasting his
character with that of his younger brother, the Archbishop, it was said,
“George was the more plausible preacher, Robert the greater scholar; gravity
did frown in George and smile in Robert.”
B. George Abbot,* Archbishop of Canterbury. See above.
B. Maurice, Lord Mayor of London and M.P.
[N.] George, son of Maurice, wrote on Job; Previous page Top Next page