Cheeke, William (DNB00)

CHEEKE, WILLIAM (fl. 1613), scholar, entered Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1592, and proceeded B.A. in Lent term 1595. He ‘afterwards,' says Wood, ‘wrote and published certain matters.’ The only book of his extant is a very singular series of Latin and Greek anagrams and chronograms, addressed to James I and his sons, and son-in-law, the Elector Frederick. Its title runs: ‘Anagranimata et Chron-Anagrammata regia, nunc primum in bac forma in lucem emissa,’ London (by William Stansby), 1613. The dedication is signed ‘Gulielmo Checo Durobrigef Wood states that Cheeke called himself ‘Austro-Britannus.’

[Woods Athenæ: Oxon. (Bliss), ii. 143; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

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