William Basset 1644-1696
William BASSET or BASSETT 1644-1696
Born at Great Harborough, Warwickshire, son of Thomas Basset, minister there. BA Magdalen College, Oxford 1662, MA 1667. Rector of Brinklow, Warwickshire 1671, of St Swithin London Stone 1683. He published a number of sermons and theological works which strongly defended the mainstream Anglican tradition, opposing every kind of nonconformity or the making of concessions to dissenters.
Basset’s library was sold by auction in London by Edward Millington, beginning 4 February 1697. The sale catalogue included 1651 lots, divided between Latin theology (397), Latin miscellaneous (398), French books (13), English theology (421) and English miscellaneous (422).
None of Basset’s books have been identified.
- Bibliotheca Bassetiana, 1697, ESTC r22154.
- Claydon, Tony. '"Basset, William (bap. 1644, d. 1696), Church of England clergyman."' Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
- Pearson, D., Patterns of book ownership in late seventeenth-century England, The Library 7th ser 11 (2010), 139-167.