Hakewill, George an English theologian and philosopher, was born at Exeter in 1579. He studied at Exeter and at Alban Hall, Oxford, where he graduated, and entered the Church in 1611. He became successively chaplain of prince Charles (afterwards Charles I) and archdeacon of Surrey. His opposition to the prince's, plan of marriage with the Infanta of Spain caused him to lose his chaplaincy. During the Civil War he kept aloof from parties, and in 1648 he was one of the first in accepting the rule requiring all members of the University of Oxford to sign a promise of obedience to Parliament. He died in 1649. Besides a large number of sermons and occasional pamphlets, he wrote An Apology, or Declaration of the Power and Providence of God in the Government of the World (in four books, 1627, fol.; augmented edit. 1635), a work written with great strength and clearness, if not always in good taste. See Wood, Athenae Ox nienses, vol. 2; Prince, Worthies of Devon; Gorton, General Biogr. Dict.; Rose, New Genesis Biogr. Dict.; Hoefer— Nouv. Biogr. Géneralé, 23, 123; Allibone, Dict. Of Authors, s.v.