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

1332543Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 38 — Moor, Robert1894George Thorn-Drury

MOOR, ROBERT (1568–1640), chronographer, was born in 1568 at Holyard in Hampshire, and elected a scholar at Winchester in 1579 (Kirby, Winchester Scholars, s. v. 'More,' p. 148). Proceeding to New College, Oxford, he matriculated 12 July 1588, and graduated B.A. 5 April 1591, M.A. 15 Jan. 1595, B.D. and D.D. (by accumulation) 5 July 1614. He was made perpetual fellow of his college in 1589, but left it in 1597 for the rectory of West Meon and the vicarage of East Meon, which he held conjointly. On 4 June 1613 he was installed prebendary of Winchester on the death of Dr. George Ryves (Hyde and Gale, Hist. and Antiq. of Winchester Cathedral). Here he was frequently involved in controversies with Bishop Neile on account of certain ceremonies which he had introduced into the cathedral. He is said to have been adorned in his youth with variety of learning, and in his later life to have been celebrated as an eloquent preacher and learned divine. He died 20 Feb. 1639-1640, and was buried in the chancel of West Meon Church.

He published a poem of great length written in Latin hexameters, intended as a universal chronology, and entitled: 'Diarium Historico-poeticum, in quo praeter Constellationum utriusque Hemisphserii, et Zodiaci Ortus et Occasus . . . declarantur cuj usque Mensis Dies fere singuli ... sic ut nihil paene desiderari possit, ad perfectam rerum gestarum Chronologiam . . . , Oxonii,' 1595, 4to.

[Wood's Athenæ Oxon. ed. Bliss, ii. 654 ; Fasti Oxon. ed. Bliss, i. 254, 267, 357-8 ; Reg. Univ. Oxon. pt. ii. p. 165.]

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