William Bradshaw was born in Market Bosworth, Leicestershire and died in Chelsea in May 1618. He attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he gained his BA and MA. In 1599 he was made Fellow of the newly founded Sidney Sussex College, having earlier failed in a competition with Joseph Hall, later Bishop of Norwich, to gain a Fellowship at Emmanuel. He left Cambridge in 1601, but his Puritan scruples prevented him from securing a regular living.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.