Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Kingsmill, Thomas

KINGSMILL, THOMAS (fl. 1605), regius professor of Hebrew at Oxford, was seventh son of Sir John Kingsmill of Fribock, Hampshire. Entering Magdalen College, Oxford, as a demy, he graduated B.A. in 1559, M.A. in 1564, and supplicated for the B.D. degree in 1572 (Oxf. Univ. Reg., Oxf. Hist. Soc, vol, i.) He was probationer fellow from 1559 to 1568, natural philosophy lecturer in 1563, Hebrew lecturer in 1565, and junior dean of arts in 1567. On 15 Dec. 1565 he was appointed public orator, and on 2 Nov. 1570 regius professor of Hebrew. He became mad for a time, and was obliged to resign his professorship in 1591.

He wrote: 1. 'A Complaint against Securitie in these perilous Times,' 8vo, London, 1602. 2. 'Classicum Poenitentiale (Tractatus de Scandalo, &c.),' 2 pts. 4to, Oxford, 1605. 3. 'The Drunkards Warning: a Sermon,' 8vo, London, 1631,

[Wood's Athenae Oxon. (Bliss), i. 758; Bloxam's Reg. of Magd. Coll. Oxford, iv. 183;

Le Neve's Fasti, iii. 514, 574.]

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