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

FAVOUR, JOHN (d. 1624), divine, was born at Southampton, and was sent to Winchester College, whence he was elected probationer fellow of New College, Oxford, in 1576, and in 1578 was made complete fellow. In April 1584 he took the degree of LL.B. (Wood, Fasti Oxon. ed. Bliss, i. 226), proceeding LL.D. on 5 June 1592 (ib. i. 258). In January 1593–4 he became vicar of Halifax, Yorkshire. In Aug. 1608 according to Thoresby (Vicaria Leodiensis, p. 69), but in March 1618 according to Wood, he was made warden of St. Mary Magdalen's Hospital at Ripon, Yorkshire. He was made prebendary of Southwell in 1611 and of Osbaldwick, York, in 1614. In March 1616–17 he was collated to the prebend of Driffield and to the chantorship of the church of York. He was also chaplain to the archbishop and residentiary. Wood says ‘he was esteemed a person of great piety and charity, and one well read in substantial and profound authors.’ According to a tradition long current at Halifax he was a good divine, a good physician, and a good lawyer, a tradition confirmed by his own words in the epistle to the readers prefixed to his only known work, where he mentions as ‘impediments’ to its progress ‘preaching euery Sabbath day, lecturing euery day in the weeke, exercising iustice in the Commonwealth, practising of Physicke and Chirurgerie, in the great penurie and necessitie thereof in the countrey where I liue, and that onely for Gods sake, which will easily multiply both clients and patients.’ Favour published ‘Antiqvitie trivmphing over Noveltie: Whereby it is proved that Antiqvitie is a true and certaine Note of the Christian Catholicke Church and verity, against all new and late vpstart heresies aduancing themselues against the religious honour of old Rome,’ &c., pp. 602, 4to, London, 1619. From the dedication to Tobie Mathew, archbishop of York, it appears that the work was begun by the author when he was ‘threescore yeares old’ at the desire, and carried on under the encouragement, of the archbishop. As an instance of the ignorance of the people when the Bible was withheld from them by the ‘Romanists,’ he relates at page 334 a story of a woman who, when she ‘heard the passion of Christ read in her owne tongue,’ wept bitterly. ‘After some pause and recollection of her spirits, she asked where this was done, & when: it was answered, many thousand miles hence at Ierusalem, and a great while ago, about fifteene hundred yeares. Then (quoth she) if it was so farre off, and so long ago, by the grace of God it might proue a lye, and therein she comforted her selfe.’ Favour died on 10 March 1623–4, and was buried in the chancel of Halifax Church, where on a pillar on the south side of the choir is an inscription to his memory (Watson, Hist. of Halifax, pp. 377–8). He married at Leeds, on 12 Nov. 1695, Ann Power, probably the daughter of William Power, rector of Barwick-in-Elmet, near that town (Thoresby, Ducatus Leodiensis, ed. Whitaker, p. 258).

[Wood's Athenæ Oxonienses, ed. Bliss, ii. 353–4; John Watson's History of Halifax, pp. 367, 377–8, 466; Chalmers's Biographical Dictionary, xiv. 149–50; Crabtree's Halifax; Whitaker's Leeds.]

G. G.

Dictionary of National Biography, Errata (1904), p.121
N.B.— f.e. stands for from end and l.l. for last line

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251 i 13 f.e. Favour, John: for (d. 1623) read (d. 1624)
ii 2 after Yorkshire. insert He was made prebendary of Southwell in 1611 and of Osbaldwick, York, in 1614.
3 for 1616 read 1616-7
14 f.e. for 1623 read 1623-4