Richard Stock

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Portrait of Richard Stock engraved by Theodor de Bry

Richard Stock (1569 – 1626) was an English clergyman and one of the Puritan founders of the Feoffees for Impropriations. He was minister at All Hallows, Bread Street in London, from 1611 to 1626.

Life[edit]

He was born in York, according to the Worthies of Thomas Fuller. Fuller also says he gained the nickname “green-head” when a young preacher at Paul's Cross, attacking inequality. He preached against the Lord Mayor, too, in 1603, when he was a lecturer at St Augustine Watling Street in London.[1]

He was a scholar of St John's College, Cambridge in 1587, and graduated M.A. there in 1594.[2] He studied with William Whitaker, and became a friend of Thomas Gataker. He was briefly a fellow of Sidney Sussex College.[3][4]

He became rector of Standlake in 1596.[5] He then was chaplain to Sir Anthony Cope.[3]

At All Hallows, he was the young John Milton's parish priest, and may have had a say in choosing his teachers. Thomas Young may have been recommended by Stock, or Gataker.[6] Later Stock may have had a hand in choosing Milton's replacement college tutor Nathaniel Tovey.[7]

Works[edit]

  • Ten Answers to Edmund Campion, the Jesuit (1606), English translation of a Latin work of William Whitaker
  • The Doctrine and Use of Repentance (1610) sermons
  • A Commentary upon the Prophecy of Malachi (1641)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Richard L. Graves, Society and Religion in Elizabethan England (1981), p. 553.
  2. ^ "Stock, Richard (STK590R)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ a b Everett H. Emerson, English Puritanism from John Hooper to John Milton (1968), p. 187.
  4. ^ http://www.usask.ca/english/gataker/gat_bio.htm
  5. ^ Concise Dictionary of National Biography
  6. ^ William Riley Parker, Gordon Campbell, Milton: A Biography (1996), p. 12.
  7. ^ William Riley Parker, Gordon Campbell, Milton: A Biography (1996), p. 31.