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of pamphlets on questions of the day, and was a frequent contributor to contemporary religious periodicals.

He married Agnes Hamilton on 19 June 1798, by whom he had six sons and three daughters. One of his sons was Sir Robert Boag, mayor of Belfast. He died at Craigton House, Linlithgowshire—the residence of a daughter-in-law, with whom he had resided in his later years—on 15 Sept. 1863, in the eighty-ninth year of his age.

[Communications from Blackburn (Linlithgowshire); from Rev. James Ronaldson, Longridge, Fauldhouse; Rev. George Boag, M.A., Holme Eden Vicarage, Carlisle; John Macnab, Esq., Edinburgh (of Fullarton & Co.); and Boag's books.]

A. B. G.

BOARDMAN, BORDMAN, BOURDMAN, or BOURMAN, ANDREW, D.D. (1550?–1639), divine, was a native of Lancashire, where he was born about 1550. He was admitted a scholar of St. John's College, Cambridge, 9 Nov. 1568, and matriculated as a pensioner on the 12th of the same month. He became B.A. in 1571–2, M.A. in 1575, B.D. in 1582, and D.D. in 1594. He was admitted to a fellowship on the Lady Margaret foundation 12 March 1572–3 (Baker, History of St. John's, 1869, i. 289), the same day being also that of the admission of his friend Everard Digby, of Rutland, the son of Sir Everard Digby, to whose ‘Theoria Analytica,’ &c. 4to, London, 1579, he contributed some Greek verses prefixed to the work. Boardman was appointed Greek lecturer of his college 5 Sept. 1580, and at Michaelmas following was elected one of the college preachers (Baker, History, &c. i. 334). He was made junior bursar of his college 27 Jan. 1581–2 (Athenæ Cantabrigienses, ii. 549), and in the same year, the year of his first degree in divinity, was appointed minister of St. Mary's Church, Bury St. Edmunds, where he dwelt in a house which was identified in the current feoffees' accounts as ‘next St. James steple’ (Tymms, Historie, &c.). He vacated this preferment in 1586, and removed to a benefice then known as Allchurch, near Warwick, and ultimately became also vicar of St. Mary's Church in that town, to which he was appointed by the municipality 11 Jan. 1590–1, in succession to Leonard Fetherston, deprived. He appears to have held this united preferment for nearly fifty years, and to have died in its enjoyment shortly before 16 July 1639, the date at which the Rev. Richard Venour is recorded to have been presented, by King Charles I, to the living then vacant by the death of his predecessor (Dugdale, Warwickshire, 439). The authors of ‘Athenæ Cantabrigienses’ identify Dr. Boardman as the writer of some English commendatory verses, to which the initials A. B. are subscribed, prefixed to Thomas Morley's ‘Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke,’ 4to, London, 1597, and other editions. During the earlier portion of his connection with Warwick, Boardman had given umbrage to Thomas Cartwright, master of the Earl of Leicester's Hospital (Brook, Life of Cartwright, &c. 311). The literary result of the controversy was ‘The Fan of the Faithfull to trie the Truth in Controversie; collected by A. B.; dedicated by James Price,’ 16mo, London.

[Dugdale's Warwickshire, 1730; Tymms's Historie of the Church of St. Marie, Bury St. Edmund's, 1845; Brook's Memoir of Thomas Cartwright, London, 1845; Cooper's Athenæ Cantab. ii. 238–9; Baker's History of St. John's College, ed. Mayor, 1869.]

A. H. G.

BOASE, HENRY (1763–1827), banker and author, was the fourth son of Arthur Boase, of Madron, a parish in Cornwall, who died August 1780, by Jane, daughter of Henry Lugg. He was born at Madron on 3 June 1763, and in 1785 went from Penzance to Roscoff, in Brittany, in a fishing-boat, to proceed to Morlaix, where he resided for some time, and acquired a good knowledge of the French language. Not finding any business opening in Cornwall, he went to London, where he obtained a situation as corresponding clerk in the banking house of Messrs. Ransom, Morland, & Hammersley in 1788. This house had an extensive continental connection, and after the flight of Louis XVI in 1791 a large part of the funds for the support of the emigrant clergy and nobility passed through their hands. Through his knowledge of French, Boase was, on this occasion, able to render such great service to his employers, that he was promoted to be chief clerk in 1792, and seven years later he became the managing partner. During his residence in London he was well acquainted with Granville Sharpe, Robert Owen, and other men eminent for their philanthropic exertions; was a leading member of the London Missionary Society; and took a considerable part in the foundation of the British and Foreign Bible Society, in conjunction with the Rev. Thomas Charles, of Bala, with whom he had become intimately acquainted whilst engaged in distributing, as Mrs. Palmer's banker, her donation of 1,000l. to the poor beneficed clergy of Wales. He was also much interested in the formation of schools on the new system of Joseph Lancaster. His