John Gutch's father, also called John, was town clerk of Wells, Somerset; Gutch was born there on 10 January 1746 and proceeded to study at the University of Oxford, matriculating as a member of All Souls College in 1765, graduating in 1767. He was ordained in the following year and was initially a curate in Wellow and Foxcote near Bath, Somerset. In 1770, he was appointed chaplain of All Souls College (a post that he would hold until his death over sixty years later), also becoming college librarian in 1771 and chaplain of Corpus Christi College in 1778. He was appointed Registrar of the university in 1797, retiring from this position in 1824 with an annuity of £200 from the university. From 1795, he was rector of St Clement's Church, Oxford, where from 1824 his curate was John Henry Newman. His main act of scholarship was his edition of Anthony Wood's own English-language version of his history of the university (originally written in Latin, but revised later by Wood in translation). Other publications included two volumes of miscellaneous historical material about the university. He died on 1 July 1831 and was buried at St Peter-in-the-East, Oxford.
His son was John Mathew Gutch.
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