Booth, Robert (d.1657) (DNB00)

BOOTH, ROBERT (d. 1657), puritan divine, was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1606–7. He graduated M.A. in 1610, at which time he was a fellow of Emmanuel College. He was curate of Sowerby-bridge Chapel near Halifax, 1635–46, and in 1650 became minister of Halifax, where he was buried on 28 July 1657.

He was author of: 1. ‘Synopsis totius Philosophiæ,' Harl. MS. 5356. This learned book, which is in an elegant handwriting, and illustrated with synoptical tables, is dedicated to Dr. Neville, master of Trinity College. 2. ‘Encomium Herovm, carmine ἀκροστίχῳ tentatvm,’ London, 1620, 4to. Dedicated to Francis Bacon, Baron Verulam, lord high chancellor of England.

[Hallifax and its Gibbet-law (1708), 81; Watson’s Hist. of Halifax (1775), 370, 443, 461; Cooper's manuscript collections for Athenæ Cantab.; Brook's Lives of the Puritans, iii. 533; Palmer's Nonconformists' Memorial, iii. 436; Green's Cal. of Domestic State Papers, ii. 22; Dugdale's Visitation of the County of Yorke (ed. Davies), 17, 358.]

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