Watts, William, Dd

Watts, William, D.D.

an English ecclesiastic, was born near Lynn, in Norfolk, about the close of the 16th century, and was educated at Caius College, Cambridge, where he graduated in 1610. He afterwards traveled abroad, and became familiar with several foreign languages. On his return, he became chaplain to king Charles I, and had the living of St. Alban's, Wood Street, London. Some time after this he became chaplain under the earl of Arundel, general of the forces in the Scotch expedition in 1639, and prebendary of Wells. About 1642 his living in London was sequestered, on account of his adherence to the crown, and his family made homeless. He was compelled to fly, and was made chaplain to prince Rupert. He died at Kinsale, Ireland, in 1649. Among his published works are, a Translation, with Notes, etc., of Augustine's Confessions (1631): — Advice concerning the Philosophy of Foreign Discovery. He also had a principal hand in Spelman's Glossary, and published a fine edition of Matthew Paris (Lond. 1640).

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