Jasper Fisher

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Jasper Fisher (fl. 1639), was an English divine and dramatist. He was one of the Six Clerks in Chancery.[1]


Fisher was born in 1591, the son of William Fisher of Carleton, Bedfordshire, deputy-auditor for the county of York (descended from a Warwickshire family), by Alice Roane of Wellingborough.[2] Fisher matriculated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, 13 November 1607; he was admitted B.A. 28 January 1610-11, M.A. 27 January 1613-14, B.D. and D.D. 1639.[3] Fisher held at Magdalen College the post of divinity or philosophy reader (Wood).

He built a substantial mansion in Marylebone, London. Fisher's mansion eventually passed to the Earl of Devonshire, who lent his name to the site as Devonshire Street and Devonshire Place.[1]

The exact date of Fisher's death is uncertain; it is only known that he was alive in 1639, when he proceeded D.D. According to Oldys's manuscript notes to Gerard Langbaine he became blind, whether from old age or an accident is not known. He married Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. William Sams of Burstead, Essex. Gideon Fisher, who went to Oxford in 1634 and succeeded to the estate at Carleton, was the son, not of Jasper, but of Jasper's elder brother Gideon[4]


About 1631 (according to Anthony Wood) he became rector of Wilden, Bedfordshire, and in 1633 published his one considerable work, a play, entitled 'Fuimus Troes, the True Trojans, being a story of the Britaines valour at the Romanes first invasion. Publickly presented by the gentlemen students of Magdalen College in Oxford,' London, 1633, 4to. The drama is written in blank verse, interspersed with lyrics; Druids, poets, and a harper are introduced, and it ends with a masque and chorus. He also published some sermons, one on Malachi ii. 7, 1636, and 'The Priest's Duty and Dignity, preached at the Triennial Visitation in Ampthill 18 Aug. 1635, by J. F., presbyter and rector of Wilsden in Bedfordshire, and published by command,' London, 1636.


  1. ^ a b Elmes, James (1831). A Topographical Dictionary of London and Its Environs. Whittaker, Treacher and Arnot. p. 164. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  2. ^ Visitation of Bedfordshire, Harl. Soc. 1884, xix. 107
  3. ^ Clark, Register, ii. 300
  4. ^ Visitation of Bedfordshire, 1634, Harl. Soc. 107

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Fisher, Jasper". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.