Sedgwick, Thomas (DNB00)

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SEDGWICK, THOMAS, D.D. (fl. 1550–1565), catholic divine, received his education in the university of Cambridge, where he became a fellow, first of Peterhouse, and afterwards of Trinity College. He studied theology and was created D.D. In June 1550 he held a disputation with Bucer at Cambridge on the subject of justification by faith (Strype, Life of Cranmer, pp. 203, 583, folio). He was instituted to the rectory of Erwarton, Suffolk, in 1552. In 1553–4 Bishop Gardiner recommended him to the president and fellows of Peterhouse for election to the mastership. Similar letters were addressed to them by the bishop on behalf of Andrew Perne [q. v.] The fellows nominated them both, and the bishop of Ely selected Perne. Sedgwick was elected Lady Margaret professor of divinity in 1554, and he was one of the learned Cambridge divines who were deputed by the university to dispute with Cranmer, Ridley, and Latimer at Oxford, where he was incorporated D.D. on 14 April 1554 (Oxford Univ. Register, i. 224). On 12 March 1555–6 he was admitted to the vicarage of Enfield, Middlesex, on the presentation of Trinity College. He resigned this living as well as the Lady Margaret professorship in 1556, and on 30 May in that he was admitted to the rectory of Toft, Cambridgeshire. He was also one of the commissioners for religion and the examination of heretical books, and took an active part during the visitation of the university by Cardinal Pole's delegates in 1556 and 1557. In the latter year he was chosen regius professor of divinity. In 1558 he was presented to the vicarage of Gainford and the rectory of Stanhope, both in the county of Durham (Hutchinson, Durham, iii. 267, 353). Sedgwick firmly adhered to the ancient faith, and in the list of popish recusants drawn up by the commissioners for ecclesiastical causes in 1561 he is described as ‘learned, but not very wise,’ and restrained to the town of Richmond or within ten miles compass about the same (Strype, Annals, vol. i, chap. xxiv.). He was living in 1567, when George Neville, master of the hospital at Well, bequeathed him 4l. (Richmondshire Wills, p. 206). [Addit. MS. 5832 f. 152, 5843 ff. 76, 77; Cooper's Annals of Cambridge, ii. 85, 95, 103, 172; Cooper's Athenæ Cantabr. i. 213, 553; Foster's Alumni Oxon. early series, iv. 1331; Gorham's Reformation Gleanings, pp. 158, 164; Newcourt's Repertorium, i. 601; Wood's Fasti Oxon. ed. Bliss, i. 146.]

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Dictionary of National Biography, Errata (1904), p.244
N.B.— f.e. stands for from end and l.l. for last line

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