Lyford, William an English theologian and zealous Calvinist, was born in 1598 at Perpmere (Berkshire); graduated at Oxford; became a fellow of Magdalen College; entered the Church; became vicar of Sherborne, Dorsetshire, and spent the remainder of his life there. He died in 1653. Among other sermons and treatises are published, Cases of Conscience propounded in the Timle of Rebellion (which preaches tolerance to all parties): — Principles of Faith and of a good Conscience (Lond. 1642; Oxford, 1652, 8vo): — An Apology for our public Ministry and Infant Baptisms (Lond. 1652, 1653, 4to): — The plain Man's Senses exercised to discern bota good and evil (ibid.. 1655, 4to). See Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Generale, volume 32, s.v.; Thomas, Dict. of Biog. and Mythol. s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.