Edward Gee

(1612—1660) Church of England clergyman and writer

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Edward Gee was born in 1613, possibly in Banbury in Oxfordshire, although there is some uncertainty about this. Anthony Wood, whose Athenae Oxonienses is our chief source of information, thinks that he was the son of Edward Gee, vicar of Tedburn and chaplain to Lord Chancellor Egerton. It is more likely, however, that his father was Edward Gee's brother George, minister of Newton in Manchester. He was educated at Newton School and Brasenose College, Oxford, taking his BA in October 1630 and his MA in June 1636. He took orders shortly after 1630 and became chaplain to Dr Richard Parr, Bishop of Sodor and Man. According to Anthony Wood, ‘when the rebellion broke out, he sided with the presbyterians, took the covenant, and for his great activity in prosecuting [i.e. promoting] the holy cause became rector of the rich church of Eccleston’, which is near Chorley in Lancashire. He was, it is said, chosen rector of Eccleston by the congregation, and he remained there until his early death in 1660. In 1654 he became an assistant commissioner for ejecting ‘ignorant and scandalous ministers and schoolmasters’.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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