Bodley, Laurence (DNB00)

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BODLEY, LAURENCE, D.D. (d. 1615), canon of Exeter, was brother of Sir Thomas Bodley, being the third son of John Bodley. He was educated at Oxford, and took the degree of B.A. 21 Jan. 1565–6, and that of M.A. 9 July 1568, probably as a member of Christ Church, since he was entered as being a member of that society when created D.D. 30 March 1613, the day after he had attended the funeral of his brother. He was a canon of Exeter before 1588 (in which year the extant list of canons commences), and was also rector of Shobrooke, Devon. It was probably mainly through him that the dean and chapter of Exeter gave, in 1602, eighty-one early and valuable manuscripts from the library of their cathedral to the new library at Oxford, including (amongst other gifts of Bishop Leofric, the founder of the church) the well-known ‘Leofric Missal.' In the will of his brother, Sir Thomas, he appears as the principal legatee among his kindred. He died 19 April 1615.

[Prince’s Worthies of Devon; Wood MSS. E. 6, 9, and 29. in the Bodl. Libr.; Le Neve's Fasti, ed. Hardy; Macray's Annals of the Bodl. Libr.]

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