George Hakewill was born in Exeter and died in Barnstaple on 2 April 1649. The son of a Devonshire merchant, he entered Oxford in 1595, and became a Fellow of Exeter College in the following year. He graduated BA (1599), MA (1602), BD (1610) and DD (1611). After taking his BA, he devoted his time to the serious study of philosophy and theology, travelling on the Continent and staying for a while at Heidelberg. In 1612 he became chaplain to Prince Charles, then in 1617 Archdeacon of Surrey. His opposition to the planned Spanish marriage caused him to lose favour at court, and he ended up in the relatively humble role of a country vicar, rector of Heanton Purchardon, near Barnstaple in his native Devon. He was also a generous patron of his old College, being made rector in 1642.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.