Morehead, William (DNB00)

MOREHEAD, WILLIAM (1637–1692), divine, born in 1637 in Lombard Street, London, was a nephew of General Monck [q. v.] He entered Winchester School at the age of eleven, and proceeded to New College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. on 3 May 1660, and M.A. on 14 Jan. 1663. He was elected a fellow in 1658, and resigned in 1672. He was presented to the college living of Bucknell, Oxfordshire, by the warden and fellows of New College (14 July 1670), and also held the living of Whitfield in Northamptonshire, to which he was presented by Sir Thomas Spencer of Yarnton, Oxfordshire, lord of the manor. He chiefly resided there, employing a curate at Bucknell procedure which led to dissatisfaction among the parishioners, and a petition to the bishop in 1680 or 1681 for a resident minister.

Morehead died at Bucknell 18 Feb. 1691-2, and was buried there. He wrote 'Lachrymæ sive valedictio Scotiæ sub discessum clariss. prudentiss. et pientiss. gubernatoris D. Georgii Monachi in Anglia [sic] revocati,' London, 1660, in English and Latin, on opposite pages. He is also said to be the author of an English translation of Giordano Bruno's 'Spaccio della Bestia Trionfante;' fifty copies were printed by John Toland, 1713, 8vo (Brit. Mus.)

[Dunkin's Oxfordshire, i. 188–9; Kirby's Winchester Scholars, p. 184; Wood's Athenæ Oxon. iv. 353; Rawlinson MSS. D. 384, fol. 10; papers belonging to the archdeaconry of Oxford in the Bodleian Library, per the Rev. W. D. Macray.]

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