The list of the Queen’s scholars of St. Peter’s college, Westminster …
Elected to Oxford, A.d. 1577. Percival Staverton. William Bust. Edward Goodman.
ham, 1590; dean of Christ Church, 1605; vice-chancellor, 1607,1608,1609, and 1610; bishop of London, 1611 ; died, 1621, aged 62. [This eminent prelate is said to have traced his descent from the Saxon kings in Devonshire. He was the son of Philip King, of Wonnenhale, Bucks, one of the pages to King Henry the VHIth, and nephew and heir to Robert King, the first bishop of Oxford. Besides the preferments noted above, he was rector of St. Anne and St. Agnes, London, 1580, and of St. Andrew’s, Holborn, 1597 ; prebendary of St. Paul’s, from 1599 till 1611 ; chaplain to the Lordkeeper Egerton; prebendary of Lincoln, 1610; but he resigned that stall in 1611. He was also domestic chaplain to Archbishop Piers (see page 11), by whom he was
Eresented to the archdeaconry of Nottingam, which he held until his appointment to the see of London. He proceeded D.D. in 1602.
He was appointed dean of Christ Church in compliance with the prayer of an epistle addressed to King_ James I, by a Christ Church man, and signed by thirty-two students of that house. The epistle besought the King to confer this office upon so distinguished a member of their society as Dr. John King, whom they further styled, “Clarissimum lumen Anglicanee ecclesia?.” He was installed in this dignity, August 5, 1605. On the 8th of September, 1611, he was consecrated bishop.
King was the author of some lectures on Jonah, printed in 1594, and also of some sermons. He possessed a great talent for preaching. The funeral Beimon which he preached on the death of Archbishop Piers, November 17,1594, was printed with an Oxford edition of the lectures on Jonah, in 1599. Strype gives extracts from the sermons preached by Archdeacon King at York,on the plague,the severestorms, and unseasonable weather by which England was visited in 1593-94. King James commonly called him the ” king of preachers.” He was appointed by the council to preach before the king, at the Charter House, on his entry into London; and was afterwards selected as one of the four preachers at the Hampton Court Conference. Fuller says that he was “full fraught with all episcopal qualities:” and that he “showed, by his example, that a bishop might govern
Elected to Cambridge, A.d. 1577.
John Layfield8, F.
and preach too; for, unless hindered by want of health, he omitted no Sunday whereon he did not visit some pulpit in London, or near it.” Sir Edward Coke reported him to have been the best speaker in the Star Chamber in his time. As vicechancellor of the university, he strenuously maintained the privileges of that body.
Bishop King died March 30, being Good Friday, and was buried in the choir of St. Paul’s Cathedral, with the simple word “Resurgam” on his gravestone. The report that he had died in the communion of the Romish Church was refuted by his son Henry (see Election 1608), in a sermon at Paul’s Cross, and also by Bishop Godwin. He was a benefactor both to his own college and to the university. His portrait, by Cornelius Jansen, from which there are two engravings, is in Christ Church Hall.
As dean of Christ Church, his verses stand at the head of the complimentary effusions, on the visit of King James to that college in 1605; andothers of his composition are to be met with among most of the Oxford collections of Poems during his time.—Ath. Ox. ii. 294-7; Hist, and Ant. ii. 295. 299, 300. 322; pt. ii. 788. 791 ; iii. 439. 450. 463; Appx. 112. 118-19. 281. 289; Gen. Diet.; British Bibliographer, i. 506; Fuller’s Worthies, i. 201; Fuller’s Church Hist. iii. 293-4; Collier’s Church Hist. vii. 420-1; Willis’s Cath. Survey, i. 107, ii. 223 and 440; Newcourt’s Rep. Eccl. i. 29, 211 and 275; Godwin de Prasul. Angl. 194-6; Granger’s Biog. Hist. ii. 48-9; Strype’s Life of Whitgift, ii. 492, Annals, iv. 282. 293-4.]
* CTHOS. CRANE was incorporated in the degree of M.A. at Cambridge, 1584.— Cole’s MSS. Athens, Y, Incorporations.]
1 [T. DOD.B.A. 1581; M.A. 1585.—Cole’s MSS. xlv. 255 and 295.]
1 [A. MAXEY took the degree of B.A. in 1581.—Cole’s MSS. xlv. 295.]
* J. LAYF1ELD, one of the translators of the Bible; died, 1617. [D.D. “Being skilled in architecture, his judgment was much relied on for the fabric of the Tabernacle and Temple,” and he accordingly was one of those translators who met at Westminster, and who translated “the Pentateuch, and the History from Joshua to the First Book of the Chronicles exclusively.”
Elected to Oxford, A.d. 1578. Lionel Gueast. [George] Ryall*.
A.d. 1579. William Whitlock. Anthony Ingoldsby.
A D. 1580.