Airay, Henry, Dd
Airay, Henry, D.D., an English clergyman, was, born in Westmoreland in 1559. He was educated by Bernard Gilpin, and by him sent to St. Edmund's Hall, Oxford, in 1579. He soon removed to Queen's College, of which he was chosen fellow in 1586. Entering orders, he became a constant preacher in the university, especially in the Church of St. Peter's-in-the-East, and was elected provost of his college, March 9, 1598 (or 1599). Airay was a zealous Puritan, but was excused from submitting in 1602; and in 1604, when king James appointed an anniversary of his escape from the Gowrie Conspiracy, and ordered a sermon and service on Tuesdays throughout the year, Dr. Airay introduced this last custom into Oxford. He was the first (in 1606, when vice-chancellor) to call Laud to task for preaching sentiments supposed to favor popery. He died in Queen's College, Oct. 10, 1616, and was buried in the chapel He published, Lectures upon the Whole Epistle of St. Paul to the Philippians (Lond. 1618, 4to):-The Just and Necessary Apology touching his Suit in Law, for the Rector of Charlton-on-Otmore, in Oxfordshire (ibid. 1621, 8vo):--A Treatise against Bowing at the. Name of Jesus.