Valentine Cary (also spelled Carey or Carew) (died 1626) was an English clergyman, who became bishop of Exeter.
A pluralist, Cary was vicar of East Tilbury in 1603, rector at Great Parndon 1606 to 1616, and was vicar of Epping Upland from 1607 to 1609. He was also rector of Orsett and Toft[disambiguation needed] from 1610.
In 1609 he became Master of Christ's College, where he had been a Fellow from 1597 to 1600. The election was bitterly contested, by the Puritan element. Cary was backed by the Lord Chancellor, Baron Ellesmere. It led immediately to a confrontation between Cary and William Ames, who refused to wear the surplice, and who left Cambridge almost immediately. It also led Cary to be suspicious of Joseph Mede, who was to be one of Christ's best-known Fellows.
- "Carew or Cary, Valentine (CRW585V)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
- Concise Dictionary of National Biography
- Stephen Bondos-Greene, The End of an Era: Cambridge Puritanism and the Christ's College Election of 1609, The Historical Journal 25 no. 1 (1982).
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