Baston, Philip (DNB00)

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BASTON or BOSTON, PHILIP (d. 1320?), Carmelite, the brother of Robert Baston [q. v.], was born at Nottingham, in which town he became a Carmelite friar. From Nottingham Philip Baston proceeded to Oxford, where, according to Pits, after long application to philosophical and theological studies, he finally devoted himself to rhetoric and poetry, in both of which pursuits he gained great fame. At the same time he did not altogether neglect work of a more popular nature, but used very frequently to hold forth to the people. Tanner quotes from the register of Oliver Sutton, bishop of Lincoln from 1280 to 1300, an entry to the effect that a certain friar Phil. de Baston, of the Carmelite order, was ordained priest on 22 Sept. 1296. Philip Baston seems to have died about 1320, and to have been buried in his own convent at Nottingham. His biographers ascribe two works to his pen, the one being entitled ‘Doctæ Conciones,’ and the other a collection of letters.

[Bale; Pits, 411; Tanner's Bibl. Brit.; St. Etienne's Bibliotheca Carmelitana, 626; Bale's Heliades; Harl. MS. 3838, f. 47 b.]

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