Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Lougher, Robert

LOUGHER, ROBERT (d. 1585), civilian, descended from an old Welsh family, was elected fellow of All Souls' College, Oxford, as of founder's kin in 1553, graduated B.C.L. 9 July 1558, and proceeded D.C.L., 19 Feb. 1564–5, having in the meantime been collated to the archdeaconry of Totnes, 21 Feb. 1561–2, and instituted to the Devonshire rectories of Stockleigh Pomeroy (1561), Aveton Gifford (1562), and Aldrington (1563). As proctor of the clergy of the diocese of Exeter, he signed the articles of religion drawn up in 1562–3; but disapproved of the ‘six articles,’ and was opposed to any change being made in the prayer-book. He was elected principal of New Inn Hall in 1564; was appointed regius professor of civil law, 10 Jan. 1564–5; and on 25 Feb. following was admitted a member of the College of Advocates. He was one of the disputants before Queen Elizabeth on her visit to Oxford in September 1566. He resigned the headship of New Inn Hall in 1570, and was one of the original fellows of Jesus College on its foundation in the following year. In 1572 he was returned to parliament for Pembroke. In 1574 he was appointed a master in chancery, and on 10 May 1575 was re-elected to the headship of New Inn Hall, which he held for the ensuing five years. He was one of the visitors of the diocese of Gloucester, under a commission issued by Grindal 14 July 1576, and in May 1577 was appointed official of the consistory and vicar-general in spirituals to Edwin Sandys, archbishop of York. Lougher married Elizabeth, granddaughter of John Rastall, the printer, who married a sister of Sir Thomas More. He died at Tenby between 3 and 9 June 1585, leaving an heir, John, and at least three daughters.

[Water's Chesters of Chicheley, ii. 714; Foster's Alumni Oxon.; Wood's Fasti Oxon. i. 164–5; Athenæ Oxon. i. 131; Ann. ed. Gutch, vol. ii. pt. ii. p. 857; Reg. Univ. Oxon. (Oxford Hist. Soc.), i. 237; Elizabethan Oxford (Oxford Hist. Soc.); Nichols's Progr. Eliz. i. 230; Coote's Cat. Engl. Civ. p. 47; Le Neve's Fasti. Eccl. Angl. iii. 511, 589; Strype's Ann. fol. i. pt. i. pp. 327, 339; Grindal (fol.), p. 212; Archives of All Souls' Coll. 1877, pp. 130–1; Cal. State Papers, Dom. 1547–1880, p. 207; Haydn's Book of Dignities, ed. Ockerby, p. 395.]

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