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ILLIAM LAUD, archbishop of Canterbury, in the fixteenth century, was fon of William Laud, a clothier of Reading, in Berkshire, by Lucia his wife, widow of Mr. John Robinfon, of Reading, and fifter of Sir William Web, lord-mayor of London in 1591.
He was born at Reading, October the feventh 1573, and educated in the free-school there; and in July 1589, went to Oxford; and in June the year following, was elected fcholar of St. John's college there, under the tuition of Dr. John Buckeridge.
In June 1593, he was made a fellow of that college; and on the first of July, in the year following, took the degree of batchelor of arts; and, on June the twenty fixth 1598, that of mafter of arts, being grammar reader that year. January the fourth 1609, he was ordained deacon; and on April the fifth 1601, prieft both which orders were conferred upon upon him by Dr. Young, bishop of Rochefter.
In 1602, he read a divinity lecture in St. John's college, which was maintained by Mrs. Mag. May the fourth 1603, he was chofen proctor of the univerfity of Oxford; and September the third following was made chaplain to Charles Blound earl of Devonfhire. July the fixth 1604, he took the degree of batchelor of divinity.
December the twenty-fixth 1605, he married the earl of Devonfhire to Penelope, then wife of Robert, lord Rich; which action afterwards gave him the most fenfible regret.
October the twenty-firft 1606, he preached a fermon at St. Mary's at Oxford, for which be was questioned by Dr. Airy, .the vice-chancellor. November the thirteenth 1607, he was inducted into the vicarage of Stanford, in Northamptonshire; and in April the year following, was made chaplain to Dr. Richard Neile, then bishop of Rochester. September the feventeenth 1609, he preached his firft fermon before the king at Theobald's; and in October following, exchanged his advow