Chibald, William (DNB00)

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CHIBALD, WILLIAM (1575–1641), divine, a native of Surrey, entered Magdalen College, Oxford, as a chorister on 10 Oct. 1588. He proceeded B.A. (16 Feb. 1595-6) and M.A. (19 Feb. 1598-9), took holy orders, preached in London, and on 26 April 1604 was admitted rector of St. Nicholas Cole Abbey in Old Fish Street, London. He died on 25 Feb. 1640-1, and was buried in his church. His son James, born in 1612, matriculated as a chorister at Magdalen on 4 June 1624, proceeded B.A. on 10 Dec. 1630, succeeded his father in the rectory of St. Nicholas Cole Abbey, and ‘for his loyalty was squestered in the late rebellion’ (Mercurius Rusticus, p. 256).

The elder Chibald was the author of: 1. ‘A Tryall of Faith by the Touchstone of the Gospel,’ London, 1622. 2. ‘A Cordial of Comfort to preserve the Heart from fainting with Grief or Fear for our friends or oure visitation by the Plague,’ together with ‘A humble Thanksgiving to Almighty God for His Staying of the Plague,' London, 1625. 3. ‘Sum of all (namely) God’s Service and Man’s Salvation, and Man’s Duty to God concerning Both, by way of Dialogue,’ London, 1630. 4. ‘An Apology for the Trial of Faith,’ London, 8vo, n.d. Chibald was also the author of many separate sermons. Wood says that ‘his edifying way of preaching’ was much admired.

[Bloxam's Register of Magdalen Coll. Oxf. i. 25, 37; Wood's Athenæ Oxon. (Bliss), ii. 674-5 ; Fasti Oxon. (Bliss). i. 269, 278; Bullen's Cat. Brit. Mus. Books before 1640.]

S. L. L.