Boys, John

Boys, John dean of Canterbury, was born in 1571, and was educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. In 1597 he was presented by his uncle to the livings of Bettishanger and Tilmanstone. Archbishop Abbot made him rector of Great Mongeham in 1619, and in 1619 James I made him dean of Canterbury. He died Sept. 26, 1625, leaving a great reputation both as preacher and scholar. He was especially noted for his stanch Protestantism. He wrote an Exposition of the Scriptures used in the Liturgy; An Exposition of the Epistles and Gospels in the Liturgy; An Exposition of the Psalms; Lectures and Sermons, all collected in his Works (Lond. 1629, fol.). A new edition of his Exposition of the Gospels, Festivals, and Epistles was issued in Philadelphia (1849).-Hook, Eccl. Biography, ii, 27; Allibone, Dict. of Authors, s.v.; Darling, Cyclop. Bibliographic, i, 407.

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