Plaifere (or Playfere), John, Dd
Plaifere (or Playfere), John, D.D.
an English divine of some note, flourished near the close of the 16th and the opening of the 17th century. He was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, and was for some time fellow of his alma mater. About 1596 he was made Margaret professor of divinity in the same college. He died in 1608. He was an Arminian in theology, and his writings circulated extensively and had great renown. Thomas Baker, the antiquary, says that if Plaifere's sermons had never been printed, his name would yet have been honored in history, so decidedly marked was his influence on his time. Among his works we mention Appello Evangeliunt for the True Doctrine of Divine Predestination, etc. (Lond. 1652, 12mo); republished in Cambridge Tracts (1803, 8vo). See Catter-mole, Literature of the Ch. of England. 10, 334; Churchman's Remembrancer, vol. 1.