George Acworth (divine)

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George Acworth LL.D. (1534 – 1578?) was an English Protestant divine and civil lawyer of the 16th century.

Life and works[edit]

Acworth was educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge.[1] During the reign of Queen Mary, he travelled in France and Italy, where he studied civil law. In 1560, he was public orator at Cambridge; and, in the following year, created doctor of laws.

In 1562, he was admitted an advocate in the Arches Court; and afterwards lived in the family of archbishop Parker, who gave him a prebend of North Muskham in Southwell. In 1567, he was vicar-general to Robert Horne, bishop of Winchester; and, in 1575, the archbishop of Canterbury permitted him to hold the rectory of Ellington, alias Wroughton, in the Diocese of Sarum, with any benefice.

In 1576, he was appointed master of the faculties, and judge of the prerogative court, in Ireland, after he had been turned out of all the situations he held in England, on account of his dissolute conduct. When he died is not known for certain.


Acworth wrote in his better days: Orationem encomiasticam in restitutione Buceri et Fagii, printed in Hist. Buceri, Argentor, 1562 (re Martin Bucer & Paul Fagius); the preface to Book II of Bucer's works, fol. Basil, 1577; De visibili Romanarchia, contra Nic. Sanderi Monarchiam, London, 1622. This was written while he lived with archbishop Parker, and probably at his instigation; Nicolas Sanderus had written Monarchia. At one time, he enjoyed the confidence of this great and good prelate, and assisted him in his Antiquitates Britannicae.


  1. ^ "Acworth, George (ACWT548G)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 

Further reading[edit]

  • George Acworth (born 1534), M.A., LL.D., Fellow of Peterhouse, and sometime Public Orator in the University of Cambridge and also D.C.L. of Padua: A full account of his life together with a translation of his letters written in Latin to Cardinal Reginald Pole (1558), Queen Elizabeth (1558), Archbishop Matthew Parker (1560) and Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley, K.G., High Treasurer of England (1573) and a complete refutation of all aspersions. Campfield Press. 1953. B0000CIMF2.  43 pages.