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ARGENTINE, JOHN, M.D. and D.D. (d. 1507–8), provost of King's College, Cambridge, was born at Bottisham, Cambridgeshire, of an ancient and knightly family. In 1457 he was elected from Eton to King's College. After taking the degree of M.D. he was physician and dean of the chapel to Arthur, Prince of Wales. He also obtained various ecclesiastical preferments; was appointed master of the hospital of St. John Baptist at Dorchester in 1499, and was elected provost of King's College, Cambridge, in 1501. He took the degree of D.D. in 1504, and, dying 2 Feb. 1507-8, was buried in his chantry in King's College chapel. There is extant from his pen 'Actus publico habitus in Acad. Cantab, contra omnes regentes Universitatis quoad oppositiones,' 1470, MS. in Corp. Chr. Coll. Oxon. This is said to contain verses on all arts and faculties.

[Tanner's Bibl. Brit.; Le Neve's Fasti Ecel. Anglic, ed. Hardy; Cox's Cat. of Oxford Coll, MSS.; Cooper's Athenæ Cantab., i. 12.]

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