Rale(I)Gh, Walter

Rale(i)gh, Walter D.D., nephew of the foregoing, was born in 1586, and was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. He took holy orders, and finally became, in 1620, rector of Chedzoy. Somersetshire. In 1630 he was made chaplain to the king, and won much favor from Charles I. In 1634 he was made prebend of Wells, in 1641 was promoted to the deanery of Wells, and later became rector of Streat, with the chapel of Walton, Wiltshire. During the rebellion, he fell under suspicion, and was imprisoned in his house. While thus confined, he was stabbed, one day (1646), in an encounter with the guard, from whose impertinent curiosity he was determined to hide a private letter. England lost in this divine an eloquent preacher and a scholarly man. Chillingworth said of him that he was the best disputant he ever met with. His works are Reliquie Raleighance; being discourses and sermons on several subjects, with an account of the author by bishop Patrick (Lond. 1679, 4to; 1689, 4to): — Certain Queries Proposed by Roman Catholics, and Answered by Dr. Watlter Raleigh (pub. by Howell, 1719, 8vo). See Wood, Athenza Oxon.; Gentlenan's Magazine (Lond.), 1857, ii, 643; 1858, i,82.

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