Closse, George (DNB00)
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CLOSSE, GEORGE (fl. 1585), divine, was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated M.A. in 1579. In 1581 he was accused of obtaining the institution to the vicarage of Cuckfield by fraud, and was elected by legal process. In 1585 he accused Sir Wolstan Dixie, lord mayor of London, in a sermon preached on 6 March at Paul’s Cross, of partiality in the administration of justice. Accordingly he was summoned to a at Guilhall before the mayor and aldermen, and complaint was subsequently lodged with the high commission court, who, Whitgift, presiding, ordered him to make submission in a sermon to be preached at Paul's Cross on 27 March before three doctors and as many bachelors of divinity, who were to actas his judges. In this sermon he reiterated his charge, and the lord mayor made fresh complaint to thehigh commission. The certificate of the six clergyman was, however, in his favour, and though the lord mayor applied to the privy council he could get no redress. Cloase sent his own account of the affair to Abraham Fleming for insertion in the next edition of Holinshed’s ‘Chronicle.
[Cal. State Papers, Dom. (1581-90), p. 24; Holinshed's Chron. (4to), iv. 888-91; Peck's Desid. Car. (fol.), lib. vi. p. 51 ; Cooper`a Athenæ Cantab.]