Clerk, William (DNB00)
CLERK, WILLIAM, LL.D. (d. 1655), civilian, received his education at Trinity Hall, Cambridge (LL.B. 1609, LL.D. 1629). He was admitted an advocate at Doctors' Commons on 23 Oct. 1629 (Coote, English Civilians, p. 78), and in 1639 he occurs as official of the archdeacon of London (Hale, London Precedents, p. 362). He was appointed one of the judges of the admiralty in 1651 (Wood, Fasti Oxon. ed. Bliss, i. 389). His death occurred about August 1655.
He was author of 'An Epitome of certaine late Aspersions cast at Civilians, the Civil and Ecclesiastical Lawes, the Courts Christian, and at Bishops and their Chancellors, wherein the Authors thereof are refuted and repelled,' Dublin, 1631, 4to. This treatise is chiefly in answer to the preface of Sir John Davis's Reports, and to some parts of the case of præmunire reported by him.[Authorities cited above.]