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INGMETHORPE, THOMAS (1562–1638), schoolmaster, born in 1562, was a native of Worcestershire. He matriculated at Brasenose College, Oxford, in the end of May 1581, graduated B.A. from St. Mary Hall in 1584, and proceeded M.A. from Brasenose in 1586 (Oxf. Univ. Reg., Oxf. Hist. Soc., ii. iii. 119). In 1594 he received the living of Stainton-in-Strata, Durham, and about 1610 was also head-master of Durham School. But he was ultimately deprived of his mastership for ‘a reflecting sermon’ against Ralph Tonstall, prebendary of Durham Cathedral, and retired to Stainton, where he taught a few boys. Wood speaks of him as a famous school-master, and eminent in the Hebrew tongue. He held the living of Stainton till his death in November 1638, and was buried there. He published several sermons, of which three are in the Bodleian Library. 1. ‘Upon Part (vv. 3–6) of the 2nd chapter of the 1st Epistle of St. John,’ Oxford, 1598, 8vo. 2. ‘Upon the same chapter (vv. 21–3), wherein the present state of the Papacie is in parte but impartially represented, and showed to be … plaine Anti-christian,’ London, 1609, 4to. 3. ‘Upon the Wordes of St. Paul, Rom. xiii. 1 … wherein the Pope's Sovereignitie over Princes is refuted,’ London, 1619, 4to. Besides these sermons Wood mentions ‘A Short Catechism for Young Children to learn by Law authorized,’ London, 1633, 8vo, and there is in the British Museum Library ‘A short Catechism … Translated into Hebrew by T. I.,’ 1633, 8vo.

[Wood's Athenæ (Bliss), iv. 592; Surtees's Durham, iii. 64.]

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