Doughtie, John (DNB00)


DOUGHTIE or DOUGHTY, JOHN (1598–1672), divine, born in 1598 at Martley, near Worcester, was educated at Worcester grammar school, and in 1613 was sent to Merton College, Oxford. After he had taken his bachelor's degree, he was in 1619 the successful one of three candidates for a fellowship, one of his competitors being Blake, subsequently admiral. Having obtained his master's degree in 1622, he became a clergyman, and was very popular and successful as a preacher. In 1631 he served as proctor for four months, when he was removed by order of the king for hearing an appeal from the decision of the vice-chancellor, and about the same time he was appointed chaplain to the Earl of Northumberland. In 1633 he was instituted to the college living of Lapworth in Warwickshire, which, to avoid sequestration and imprisonment, he abandoned at the commencement of the civil war, and joined the king's forces at Oxford. Shortly afterwards the Bishop of Salisbury (b. rian Duppa) gave him the living of St. Edmund's, Salisbury, which he held for two years, until the defeat of the royal army in the west rendered it necessary for him to seek shelter, which he found in the house of Sir Nathaniel Brent in Little Britain, London. After the Restoration he petitioned the king for a vacant prebend in Westminster Abbey, on the ground that when prevented from preaching he had ‘justified the cause of the king and the church’ by his pen. He was appointed to the prebend in July 1660, made D.D. next October, and in 1662 was presented to the rectory of Cheam in Surrey. He died on 25 December 1672, ‘having lived,’ says Wood, ‘to be twice a child,’ and was buried in the north side of Edward the Confessor's chapel in Westminster Abbey. His published writings are: 1. ‘Two Sermons on the Abstruseness of Divine Mysteries and on Church Schisms,’ 1628. 2. ‘The King's Cause rationally, briefly, and plainly Debated, as it stands de facto against the irrational Misprision of a Deceived People,’ 1644. 3. ‘Velitationes Polemicæ, or Polemical Short Discursion of certain Particular and Select Questions,’ 1651–2. 4. ‘Analecta Sacra; sive Excursus Philologici,’ &c., 1658.

[Calendar of State Papers, Domestic, 1660; Wood's Athenæ Oxon. (b. liss), iii. 976, Fasti, i. 365, 459; Manning and Bray's Hist. of Surrey, ii. 479; Newcourt's Repert. i. 921; Lysons's Environs of London, i. 149.]

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