Ralph Brownrigg

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Bishop Brownrig.

Ralph Brownrigg or Brownrig (1592–1659) was bishop of Exeter from 1642 to 1659. He spent that time largely in exile from his see, which he perhaps never visited.[1] He did find a position there for Seth Ward.[2] He was both a Royalist in politics, and a Calvinist in religion,[3] an unusual combination of the period. Brownrigg opposed Laudianism in Cambridge during the 1630s and at the Short Parliament Convocation of 1640. Nominated to the Westminster Assembly,[4] he apparently took no part in it.

Life[edit]

He studied at Ipswich, and Pembroke Hall, Cambridge.[5] He was awarded an M.A. in 1614 and a D.D. in 1626.[6] He was Rector of St Margaret of Antioch, Barley, in Hertfordshire, in 1621.[7]

He was Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge,[8] and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, but in 1646 was ejected from both these positions, by the Parliamentary government.[9]

He took refuge with Thomas Rich, lord of the manor of Sonning.[10]

Works[edit]

He continued to preach, for example at the Temple Church,[3] and a collection of sermons of his was published posthumously.[11]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ralph Brownrigg
  2. ^ The Galileo Project
  3. ^ a b ...a conforming Puritan in close theological agreement with the now dominant faction, [1].
  4. ^ History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines
  5. ^ "Brownrigg, Ralph (BRWG607R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  6. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  7. ^ St Margaret of Antioch, Barley « United Benefice of Barkway, Buckland and Reed with Barley
  8. ^ From 1631
  9. ^ PDF, p. 159.
  10. ^ Parishes - Sonning with Earley, Woodley and Sandford | British History Online
  11. ^ andreweslehmberg at the Wayback Machine (archived October 27, 2009)

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard Sibbes
Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge
1635-1645
Succeeded by
William Spurstow
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Joseph Hall
Bishop of Exeter
1642–1659
Succeeded by
John Gauden