Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Bullock, Henry

BULLOCK, HENRY (d. 1526), divine, was educated at the university of Cambridge. He took his degree of B.A. in 1503 or 1504, was admitted fellow of Queens' College in 1506, M.A. in 1507, and D.D. in 1520. In 1524-5 he held the office of vice-chancellor of the university. He delivered a course of lectures on mathematics, for which he received a salary from the university, but subsequently he devoted himself to the study of Greek, and gave lectures on the gospel of Matthew. He was an intimate friend of Erasmus, and many letters which passed between them are to be found in the printed editions of Erasmus's letters. His foreign friends latinised his name, calling him 'Bovillus.' He took holy orders, and was rector of St. Martin's Ludgate from 29 April 1522 (Newcourt) or 1523 (Athenæ Oxon.) till his death, which happened before 4 July 1526, when Thomas Lupset succeeded him. His health appears to have been feeble, to judge from the references to illness in his correspondence, and he complains of the loss of an eye as hindering his work.

He wrote the following books: 1. 'Contra Lutherum de Captivitate Babylonica,' written at the desire of Cardinal Wolsey. 2. 'Orationes et epistolæ.' 3. 'Oratio habita Cantabrigiae in frequentissimo coetu, praesentibus Caesaris oratoribus et nonnullis aliis episcopis, ad Card. Wolssaeum.' This was dedicated to John Talerus, and printed by John Siberch in 1521. 4. 'Lepidissimum Luciani opusculum περὶ δυψάδων (de siticulosis serpentibus) Henrico Bulloco interprete.' Lambeth Library possesses a copy of the oration, and of a portion of the translation of Lucian. His library, 'a catalogue of which is extant' (Cooper, Athenæ Cantab.), was purchased by Queens' College after his death.

[Cal. of State Papers, Hen. VIII, vols. i-iv.; Erasmus's Letters; Newcourt's Repertorium, i. 414; Athenæ Oxon. ii. 744; Tanner's Bibl. Brit.; Foxe, vii. 451; Le Neve's Fasti (Hardy), iii. 603; Lowndes's Bibl. Manual; Bale (edit. 1557), p. 707 ; Pits, De Angliæ Scriptoribus, 710 ; Cooper's Athenæ Cantab. 33, 527; Fuller's Worthies, Berks. 95; Hist. of Univ. of Camb. 201; Ames (edit. Herbert), iii. 1412; Maitland's Early Printed Books in Lambeth Library, Addenda 408‡ (p. 419).]

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