Day, Matthew (DNB00)

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DAY, MATTHEW, D.D. (d. 1663), classical scholar, son of Matthew Day, alderman and five times mayor of Windsor, was born in that town and educated at Eton, whence he was elected to King's College, Cambridge, in 1630. He took his degrees in arts (B.A. 1633; M.A. 1637), and was presented by Eton College to the rectory of Everdon, Northamptonshire. On being ejected by the parliamentary visitors in 1644, he kept a private school at Windsor. Subsequently he was chosen by the Rev. Abraham Colfe [q. v.], founder of the free school at Lewisham, Kent, to be its first master. He appears to have regained possession of the rectory of Everdon at the Restoration, but he resigned it soon afterwards (Kennett, Register and Chronicle, p. 376; Bridges, Northamptonshire, i. 60). On 17 Aug. 1660 he was presented by Charles II to the vicarage of Staines, Middlesex, and on the 25th of that month he was collated by the Bishop of London to the prebend of Neasdon in the church of St. Paul. He graduated D.D. at Cambridge, per literas regias, in 1661. He died on 2 Sept. 1663, and was buried in the parish church of Windsor.

He published ‘Παρεκβολαί, sive Excerpta in sex priores Homeri Iliados libros,’ Lond. 1652, 12mo.

[Ashmole's Berkshire, iii. 71; Harwood's Alumni Eton. p. 231; Addit. MS. 5816, f. 126; Newcourt's Repertorium, i. 186, 734; Le Neve's Fasti (Hardy), ii. 415; information from the Rev. H. R. Luard, D.D.]

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