Thomas Gilbert: Argument Against the Validity of Clandestine Marriages

Scope and Content

'An Argument against the Validitie of clandestine Marriages in the Sight of God, sent (with a Letter) to a Person of Qualitie desiring my Judgment in the Case where he was too nearly concerned', 8 folios. Inside the front cover is 'W. F. Hoper' (19th century hand).

Administrative / Biographical History

Thomas Gilbert (1613-1694) entered Edmund Hall, Oxford in 1629 (B.A., 1633; M.A., 1638). After completing his studies, he became Vicar of Upper Winchendon, Buckinghamshire. Around 1644 he also acquired the vicarage of St Lawrence in Reading, Berkshire. He was created B.D. at the parliamentary visitation of Oxford in 1648, and around this time exchanged his position at Reading for the rectorship of Edgmond, Shropshire, where he gained substantial influence. In 1654 he was made assistant to the commissioners for ejecting insufficient ministers in Shropshire, Middlesex and Westminster. Gilbert lost his rectorship at Edgmond at the Restoration, and was ejected from Winchendon as a result of the Uniformity Act in 1662. He retired to Oxford, where he died on 15 July 1694.

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Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Gilbert in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. VII (London, 1908), pp. 1214-1215.

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