Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Mandevil, Robert

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1438643Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 36 — Mandevil, Robert1893Bertha Porter

MANDEVIL, ROBERT (1578–1618), puritan divine, was a native of Cumberland. He was 'entered either a batler or servitor' of Queen's College, Oxford, early in 1596, and matriculated on 25 June; he proceeded B.A. 17 June 1600, and, after migrating to St. Edmund's Hall, M.A. 6 July 1603. In July 1607 he was elected vicar of Holm Cultram in Cumberland by the chancellor and scholars of the university of Oxford, and remained there till his death in 1618. His life was characterised by great piety and zeal for the puritan cause, and he was specially active in persuading his parishioners to a stricter observance of the Sabbath.

He wrote: 'Timothies Taske; or a Christian Sea-Card,' the substance of addresses at two synodal assemblies at Carlisle, on 1 Tim. iv. 16, and Acts xx. 28. The book was published at Oxford in 1619 under the editorship of Thomas Vicars, fellow of Queen's College. Wood also ascribes to Mandevil 'Theological Discourses.'

[Wood's Athenæ (Bliss), ii. col. 251 ; Wood's Fasti (Bliss), i. col. 284; Clark's Reg. of the Univ. of Oxford, ii. 214, iii. 221 ; Hutchinson's Hist. of Cumberland, ii. 343.]

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