Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Necton, Humphrey

NECTON or NECHODUN, HUMPHREY (d. 1303), Carmelite, was a native of Norfolk according to Leland, of Suffolk according to Bale. He joined the Carmelite order while it was new in England. Devoting himself to study, he went to Cambridge in 1259, and was the first Carmelite who took the degree of doctor of theology there. His preaching against heretics in the schools and to the populace met with praise (Bale, Harl. MS. 3838, f. 53 b). He was chaplain to William de Luda, bishop of Ely (1294–8) (Blomefield, vi. 49). He died and was buried in the Carmelite house at Norwich 1303 (Bale, MS. loc. cit.) His works, according to Bale, were: 1. Fourteen ‘Sermones Dominicales,’ or ‘Sacræ Conciones,’ in one book, beginning ‘Omne debitum dimisi tibi,’ which some attribute to John Foulsham (see Leland, Comment. ii. 346). 2. ‘Quæstiones ordinariæ,’ in one book. 3. ‘Lecturæ Scholasticæ,’ in one book. 4. ‘Super articulis theologicis,’ in one book. No copies of these works are known to exist.

[Pits, De Angliæ Scriptoribus, p. 388; Bale's Scriptorum Catalogus, iv. 24; Tanner's Bibliotheca, p. 542; Leland's Commentarii de Scriptoribus, ii. 313.]

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