John Bradshaw (writer)

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John Bradshaw (fl. 1679) was an English criminal and supposed political writer.


He was the son of Alban Bradshaw, an attorney, of Maidstone, Kent, where he was born. He was admitted a scholar of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, in 1674; but was expelled in 1677 for robbing and attempting to murder one of the senior fellows. He was tried and condemned to death, but after a year's imprisonment was released.

Anthony Wood says that Bradshaw later taught in a school, and became a Quaker. He attributed to Bradshaw The Jesuits Countermin'd; or, an Account of a new Plot, London, 1679.



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Bradshaw, John (fl.1679)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.