Matthew Wren

(1585—1667) bishop of Ely

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Matthew Wren was born in London in the parish of St Peter's Cheap on 23 December 1585 and died at Ely House, Holborn on 24 April 1667. He was buried in the chapel he had built at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge. He was the son of Francis Wren, a London haberdasher, and his wife Susan. Sir Christopher Wren was his nephew. He entered Pembroke Hall, Cambridge on 23 June 1601, as a protégé of the then Master, Launcelot Andrewes. He graduated BA in 1605, MA on 2 July 1608 (incorporated at Oxford on 12 July), BD in 1615 and DD in 1623 (incorporated at Oxford on 31 August 1636). He took orders in 1610 and in 1612 was appointed chaplain to Prince Charles. He became Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge, in 1625. He was made Bishop of Hereford in 1634, of Norwich in 1635 and of Ely in 1638.


From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.

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