Squire, William (DNB00)

SQUIRE, WILLIAM (d. 1677), controversialist, was son of a proctor in the archbishop of York's court. He entered Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in 1647, and graduated B.A. in 1650. He was incorporated at Oxford in 1652, entering himself a ‘batler’ at Brasenose, and graduated M.A. on 25 April 1653. Soon afterwards he became chaplain at All Souls' and a fellow of University College. By the interest of Sheldon, bishop of London, he was presented to the rectory of Raulaston or Rolleston, Derbyshire, in 1675, and on 23 July of the same year was appointed canon of Lichfield. He died at Rolleston in 1677, and on 4 Sept. was buried in the chancel of the parish church under a black marble stone.

Squire published two theological treatises, viz.: 1. ‘The Unreasonableness of the Romanists requiring our Communion with the present Romish Church; or, a Discourse … to prove that it is unreasonable to require us to joyn in Communion with it,’ 1672, 8vo. 2. ‘Some more Considerations proving the Unreasonableness of the Romanists in requiring us to return to the Communion of the present Romish Church,’ 1674, 8vo.

[Wood's Athenæ Oxon. iii. 114–15; Foster's Alumni Oxon.; Le Neve's Fasti Eccles. Anglic. i. 612.]

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