John Morris 1595-1648

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John MORRIS 1595-1648

Biographical Note

Of Dorset. BA Christ Church, Oxford 1613, MA 1615, BD 1626, DD 1634; chaplain of All Souls College, canon of Christ Church 1634, Regius Professor of Hebrew 1626. Rector of Sarsden, Oxfordshire 1628, vicar of Pirton, Oxfordshire 1635.

Inscription of John Morris (1595-1648) Lambeth Palace Library Sion A47.2/T27L Tertullian, Opera, Paris, 1582
Greek motto of John Morris (1595-1648) Lambeth Palace Library Sion A47.2/T27L Tertullian, Opera, Paris, 1582

Books

In his will, Morris left investments for £5 to be paid annually in perpetuity to All Souls and to Christ Church for the purchase of oriental books; if either organisation defaulted in spending the money in time, it was to be diverted to the other. His own books are now found in many libraries; the extent of his library, and its dispersal, is not known. His will has no explicit reference to his books, and all his personal estate was left to his neice Mary May. Examples: British Library 997.b.8, Cambridge UL Z.3.39, Bodleian 4to Rawl.597.

Characteristic Markings

Morris's books are typically inscribed with his name and Greek motto.

Sources

  • Will of John Morris, The National Archives PROB 11/204/192.
  • Feingold, M., Oriental studies, in N. Tyacke (ed), The history of the University of Oxford vol.4, Seventeenth-century Oxford, Oxford, 1997, 449-503, p.456.
  • Foster, J. Alumni Oxonienses: The Members of the University of Oxford 1500-1714/1715-1886, 8 vols, Oxford, 1891.