Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Lily, Peter

LILY or LILLY, PETER (d. 1615), archdeacon of Taunton, was son of Peter Lily, prebendary of Canterbury, and grandson of the grammarian, William Lily [q. v.] He was educated at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he became fellow, and graduated B.A., M.A., and D.D. He took holy orders, and was made rector of Fulham, Middlesex, on 17 May 1598, prebendary of St. Paul's on 16 April 1599, rector of Hornsey, Middlesex, on 1 Nov. 1610, and archdeacon of Taunton, Somerset, in October 1613 (Le Neve, Fasti, i. 168). He was nominated by James I among the first fellows of Chelsea College, and is named in the charter of its foundation on 8 May 1610. Lily was also a brother of the Savoy, where he died in 1615. His will, dated 22 Feb. 1614–15, was proved on 14 June 1615. He was buried in the chancel of the Savoy Chapel, where are also the tombstones of his wife (d. 1 June 1627) and only daughter (d. 10 Oct. 1625). He published ‘Conciones Duæ,’ London, 1619, and ‘Two Sermons,’ London, 1619.

[Lansd. MS. 983, f. 52; Wood's Athenæ (Bliss), i. 34; Newcourt's Repert. i. 128, 587, 609; Faulkner's Chelsea, ii. 225; Cat. of the Bodleian Library.]

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