Shaw, John (1559-1625) (DNB00)
SHAW, JOHN (1559–1625), divine, born in Westmoreland in 1559, matriculated from Queen's College, Oxford, on 17 Nov. 1581, and graduated B.A. on 29 Feb. 1583–4. He was instituted vicar of Woking, Surrey, on 11 Sept. 1588, was deprived in 1596 for nonconformity, but appears from a distich formerly to be seen in a window of the church to have considered himself still vicar, nearly thirty years later. He lived at Woking until his death in 1625, and was buried there on 15 Sept. He was married, and left issue two sons, John and Tobias (see Foster, Alumni Oxon. 1500–1714, p. 1351).
Wood says he was ‘esteemed by some for his preaching, and by others for his verses.’ The latter were published in ‘The Blessedness of Marie, the Mother of Jesus,’ London, 1618, 8vo; 2nd edit. 1618, 12mo, and in ‘Biblii Svmmvla … alphabetice distichis comprehensa,’ 1621, 8vo; 2nd edit. 1623, 8vo. This has gratulatory verses by D. Featley, Thomas Goad, and Stephen Denison. The work was translated into English by Shaw's schoolfellow, Simon Wastell [q. v.], and published, London, 1623, 12mo, under the title, ‘A true Christian's Daily Delight’; it was reprinted in 1688 under the title ‘The Divine Art of Memory.’[Wood's Athenæ Oxon. ii. 354; Manning and Bray's Hist. and Antiq. of Surrey, i. 138, 310, 144 n.; Aubrey's Antiq. of Surrey, iii. 218; Foster's Alumni, 1500–1714, p. 1340.]