Gataker, Thomas (2)

Gataker, Thomas a divine of the 16th century, son of William Gataker, was born at Gatacre Hall, Shropshire. He studied law at the Temple, London, during the reign of Mary, and was often present at the examination of persecuted people. Their hard usage and patience influenced him in their favor, which his parents perceived, and immediately sent him to Louvain to reinstate him in the Catholic faith. This did not seem to have the desired effect, although afterwards he appears to have become reconciled to his father. He studied theology, was educated at Oxford, became pastor at St. Edmund's, Lombard Street, London, and died in 1593, leaving a learned son of the same name. See Fuller, Worthies of England (ed. Nuttall), 3:56.

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