Kellett, Edward (DNB00)

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KELLETT, EDWARD (d. 1641), divine, was a scholar of Eton (1598), whence he proceeded to King's College, Cambridge, of which he became successively scholar and fellow. He was incorporated M.A. at Oxford on 14 Jan. 1616–17, being at that time rector of Bagborough and Croscombe, Somerset, and became D.D. on 10 July 1621 (Oxf. Univ. Reg., Oxf. Hist. Soc., vol. ii. pt. i. pp. 348, 360). He was chosen prebendary of Exeter on 4 Aug. 1630 (Le Neve, Fasti, ed. Hardy, i. 423–4). He died without issue in 1641, his will being proved on 29 May of that year by his widow Gillian (registered in P. C. C. 60, Evelyn). Towards the reparation of St. Paul's Cathedral he bequeathed 40l.

Kellett bore the reputation of a learned divine, and was much esteemed for his candid, upright character. Despite his admiration for Laud, he remained to the end a firm friend of John Selden. His writings are: 1. ‘A Retvrne from Argier,’ 4to, London, 1628, a sermon, with curious notes, preached at Minehead, Somerset, at the readmission into the church of an Englishman who, having been taken prisoner by Turkish pirates, had forsaken Christianity for Mohammedanism. 2. ‘Miscellanies of Divinitie, divided into three books, wherein is explained at large the State of the Soul,’ fol. London, Cambridge [printed], 1635. 3. ‘Tricœnivm Christi in nocte proditionis svae. The Threefold Svpper of Christ in the Night that he vvas betrayed,’ fol. London, 1641.

[Harwood's Alumni Eton. p. 204; Addit. MS. 5816, ff. 29–31.]

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