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

TERRY or TIRREYE, JOHN (1555?–1625), divine, born about 1555 at Long Sutton, Hampshire, entered Winchester school in 1572. He matriculated from New College, Oxford, 10 Jan. 1574–5, aged 19, was elected a fellow in 1576, and graduated B.A. 12 Nov. 1578, M.A. 15 June 1582. He resigned his fellowship on being presented by Bishop Cooper of Winchester to the living of Stockton, Wiltshire, in 1590. There he died, aged 70, on 10 May 1625, as recorded upon a monument in the church.

Terry's works show him to have held strong anti-Roman catholic opinions. They are: 1. ‘The Triall of Trvth,’ Oxford, 1600, 4to; the second part of this was issued in 1602; ‘Theologicall Logicke, or the third part of the Tryall of Trvth,’ appeared at Oxford, 1625, 4to. 2. ‘The Reasonableness of Wise and Holy Trvth, and the Absurdity of Foolish and Wicked Error,’ Oxford, 1617, small 4to; dedicated to Arthur Lake, bishop of Bath and Wells. 3. ‘A Defence of Protestancy’ (Wood).

[Wood's Athenæ Oxon. ii. 410; Kirby's Winchester Scholars, p. 144; Foster's Alumni Oxon. early ser.; Reg. Univ. Oxon. II. ii. 61, iii. 76; Wiltshire Archæol. Mag. xii. 115; Madan's Early Oxford Press, pp. 49, 54, 109, 128; Hoare's Hist. of Wilts (vol. i. Hundred of Heytesbury, p. 247).]

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