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BOLDERO, EDMUND, D.D. (1608–1679), master of Jesus College, Cambridge was a native of Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk, and received his education in Ipswich School, whence he proceeded to the university of Cambridge, where he was admitted to a fellowship of Pembroke Hall on 4 Feb. 1631, and took the degree of M.A. He became curate of St. Lawrence, Ipswich, in 1643. Soon after the establishment of the Commonwealth he was ejected from his fellowship and sent in captivity to London, where he was 'detained under a long and chargeable confinement.' He suffered much in the royalist cause in England, and in Scotland under the Marquis of Montrose, and it is said that he narrowly escaped hanging. On the Restoration he was created D.D. at Cambridge by royal mandate. Bishop Wren of Ely, to whom he was chaplain, presented him to the rectory of Glemsford, Suffolk, on 15 Feb. 1661–2, and also to the rectories of Westerfield and Harkstead in the same county. The same prelate nominated him master of Jesus College, Cambridge, to which office he was admitted on 26 April 1663, and presented him to the rectory of Snailwell, Cambridgeshire, on 13 July in the same year. Boldero was vice-chancellor of the university in 1668 and 1674. He died at Cambridge on 5 July 1679, and was buried in Jesus College chapel.

[Addit. MSS. 5853. f. 61b, 5864, f. 24, 19077, f. 307b, 308, 322, 322a, 323b; Peter Barwick's Life of Dr. John Barwick, 38, 39; Carter's Hist. of Cambridge, 82; Gent. Mag. new ser. xxxiii. 2; Kennett's Register and Chronicle, 881, 882, 884; Roger North's Lives of the Norths (1826), iii. 276, 277; Pope's Life of Seth [Ward], bishop of Salisbury, 47; Querela Cantabrigiensis, 25, 26; Shermannus, Hist. Coll. Jesu, Cantab. 42, 43; Walker's Sufferings of the Clergy (1714), ii. 162; Le Neve's Monumenta Anglicana (1660-79), 195.]

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