Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Aucher, John

AUCHER, JOHN, D.D. (1619–1700), royalist divine, was son of Sir Anthony Aucher, knight, of Hautsbourne in Kent. He was nominated to a Canterbury scholarship in Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, by Archbishop Laud in 1634, but after taking the degree of B.A. he removed to Peterhouse for a fellowship, where he commenced M.A. in 1641. He was ejected from his fellowship on account of his loyalty, and during the Commonwealth he wrote two treatises against the dominant party, which, however, were not printed till long afterwards. At the Restoration he was created D.D. by royal mandate, and further rewarded with a prebend in the church of Canterbury (1660). He also held the rectory of Allhallows in Lombard Street, London, for many years (1662–85). Dr. Aucher died at Canterbury on 12 March 1700–1, and was buried in the cathedral.

His works are:

  1. ‘The Personal Reign of Christ upon Earth,’ 1642, 4to.
  2. A treatise against the ‘Engagement.’
  3. ‘The Arraignment of Rebellion, or the irresistibility of sovereign powers vindicated and maintained in reply to a letter,’ London, 1684, 4to; reprinted London, 1718, 8vo.

[Peter Barwick's Life of Dr. John Barwick, 283 n., Newcourt's Repertorium, i. 255; Kennett's Register and Chron. 185, 186; Le Neve's Fasti Eccl. Anglic. ed. Hardy, i. 54; MS. Lansd. 987 f. 144; Somner's Antiq. of Canterbury, ed. Battely, append. to the supplement, p. 9; Masters's Hist. of C.C.C.C. 219; Cat. Librorum Impress. Bibl. Bodl. (1843), i. 142; Walker's Sufferings of the Clergy, ii. 153; Carter's Hist. of the Univ. of Camb. 44, 49.]

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