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History of the Church and Manor of Wigan.

Derby;[1] and established and endowed three Medical lectures, two at Oxford, which were eventually appropriated to Merton College, and one in St. John's College, Cambridge. His portrait is in the College of Physicians, and that, or some other portrait of him was engraved by Thorne. Her Majesty the Queen possesses at Windsor a three-quarter portrait painted by Holbein or Matsys, said to be Linacre*s. He wears a black dress and cap, a white shirt, and holds a paper in the right hand. As the paper bears the date 1527, doubts have been cast upon the authenticity of the painting. A bust of Linacre, in bronze, by Sir Henry Cheere, is in the library of All Soul's College, Oxford.[2]

There is no record of the next rector's institution in the Diocesan Registry; but Linacre's immediate successor was, doubtless,

Nicholas Towneley, who, in 1528-9, as parson of Wigan and chaplain to the Cardinal, petitions the King (in his Court of the Duchy of Lancaster) concerning one Hugh Paige, who had been contumacious. The said Hugh had appeared in the parson's court on the Tuesday before Palm Sunday, 19 Hen. VIII. (31st March, 1528), to defend himself in an action for debt brought against him by one William Paige of Wigan, and on being asked what he had to say in his defence he refused to make any answer, whereupon the bailiff of the court proceeded to give judgment against him. But when the bailiff produced the records used for the purpose, the said Hugh, with "great violence," took them from him, thrust them into "hys hoys," and, taking a staff in his hand, "then standing in the said hous," said that "yf eny of them all came nere hym he shuld brayn them, and then the

  1. The Author of Athenæ Cantab. gives Hutton's History of Derby for his authority. The passage from which he quotes is doubtless that given on p. 280, — "Nor did he forget the place of his nativity; for he left an annual benefaction to Derby, yet called Linager's charity." This passage, however, on which I had trusted (p. 73) as some evidence as to the place of his birth, is not to be relied on; for though there is at Derby a charity called "Linacre's charity" it was founded by George Linacre, by his will dated 27th Sept. 1703 {vid. 17th Report of the Charity Commissioners, 1827, p. 17).
  2. Athenæ Cantabrigienses, vol. i. pp. 30, 31.