Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Andrews, William (fl.1656-1683)

ANDREWS, WILLIAM (fl. 1656–1683), astrologer, is the author of some astrological works ranging from 1656 to 1683. The first of these is the ‘Astrological Physician,’ 1656, to which William Lilly contributed a preface. Among the Ashmolean MSS. (227–8) is preserved a letter, dated from Ashdown, Essex, 31 March 1656, in which Andrews thanks Lilly for writing the preface. In 1672 he published ‘Annus Prodigiosus, or the Wonderful Year 1672,’ 4to, and ‘More News from Heaven unto the World, or the Latter Part of the Wonderful Year 1672; being a further Account of the Portents and Signification of the Stars touching the United Netherlands,’ 4to. His last work was ‘An Almanack for 1683,’ 4to.

[Watt's Bibl. Brit.; British Museum Catalogue; Black's Catalogue of Ashmolean MSS.]

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