Sadlington, Mark (DNB00)

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SADLINGTON, MARK (d. 1647), divine, matriculated as a pensioner of Christ's College, Cambridge, in June 1578, and graduated B.A. in 1580–1. Soon afterwards he was elected fellow of Peterhouse, and in 1584 commenced M.A. He was head lecturer of Peterhouse in 1588. On 2 Oct. in that year he became a candidate for the mastership of Colchester grammar school, but was unsuccessful, though strongly supported by Sir Francis Walsingham and Samuel Harsnett [q. v.] (afterwards archbishop of York), the retiring master. He was, however, chosen master of St. Olave's grammar school, Southwark, on 25 June 1591, which office he resigned in 1594. On 11 March 1602–3 he was instituted to the vicarage of Sunbury, Middlesex,on the presentation of the dean and chapter of St. Paul's.

Sadlingdon was buried at Sunburyon 27 April 1647 (parish register), his estate being administered to by his widow, Jane, on 4 May following (Administration Act-book, P.C.C., 1647).

To Sadlington has been doubtfully ascribed the authorship of: 1. ‘The Arraignment and Execution of a wilfull & obstinate Traitour, named Euaralde Ducket, alias Hauns: condemned … for High Treason … and executed at Tiborne … 1581. Gathered by M. S.,’ London (1581). 2. ‘The Spanish Colonie, or brief Chronicle of the Actes and gestes of the Spaniardes in the West Indies … for the space of xl. yeeres, written in the Castilian tongue by the reuerend Bishop Bartholomew de las Casas … and now first translated into English by M. M. S.,’ 4to, London, 1583.

[Cooper's Athenæ Cantabr. ii. 385, 554; Introduction to Cat. of Harsnett Library, Colchester, 1888; information kindly supplied by the vicar of Sunbury, and J. Challoner C. Smith, esq.]

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