Nathanael Carpenter

(1589—1628) Church of England clergyman and philosopher

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Nathanael Carpenter was born in Northleigh, Devon and died in Dublin. The son of a Devonshire clergyman, he matriculated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford in 1605, and was elected a Fellow of Exeter College (on the king's recommendation) in 1607. He gained his BA in 1610, and further degrees followed (MA, 1613; BD, 1620; DD, 1626). At Oxford, he gained a reputation as a hard worker, a man of wide learning and a staunch Calvinist. Archbishop Ussher tempted him to move to Dublin, where he became schoolmaster to the king's wards (minors from propertied Catholic families).


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