Bricmore, H. (DNB00)

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Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 06
Bricmore, H.

by Reginald Lane-Poole
The ODNB casts doubt on the death date.

BRICMORE, BRICHEMORE, or BRYGEMOORE, H—— (14th cent.), surnamed Sophista, an obscure scholastic of the fourteenth century, is stated to have lived at Oxford, and to have written commentaries on some of the works of Aristotle (Leland, Commentarii de Scriptoribus Britannicis, cap. ccclvi. p. 340). He is probably the same person with Brichemon, of whom Leland rives a very similar description (cap. dxiii. p. 429); at least the identification has been handed down from Bale, x. 89, and Pits, append. 41, p. 828, to Tanner (Bibl Brit. p. 124). That Bricmore had a certain celebrity in his day is shown by the fact that some 'Notulæ secundum H. Brygemoore' appear in a manuscript of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, ccxxx. f. 33 (Coxe, Catal. ii. 93 6) in connection with extracts from Walter Burley and others of the great schoolmen. The only account of his life is contained in Dempster (Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Scotorum, ii. 178, p. 100, Bologna 1627), who states that Bricmore was one of a number of Scots sent to the university of Oxford by decree of the council of Vienne, and that he was a canon of Holy Rood, Edinburgh. Dempster adds that he died in England in 1382, but gives as his authority for this the continuator of John of Fordun, which appears, however, to be a false reference, and the date is scarcely compatible with the mention of the council which was held seventy years earlier.

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