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NameFrancis Marbery (Marbury)
Livedb. ca. 1555-01-01 - d. ca. 1611-02-01 (old)
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Associated PlacesAlford -- ParishSt Margaret, New Fish Street Hill -- ParishSt Martin Vintry -- ParishSt Pancras -- ParishChrist's College -- Place of Study
Source of DataAnne James; David Robinson; Hannah Wood
Biographical Sources ConsultedCCEd (ID: 71798); ACAD (Venn) (ID: MRBY571F); Eve LaPlante, "American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans" ( Zondervan, 2010).
Other NoteFrancis Marbury (Merbury), born in 1555, was likely the son of William Marbury of Girsby, Lincolnshire. He matriculated from Christ's College, Cambridge in 1571 and was ordained deacon in 1577/8 and priest in 1605. His nonconformist views resulted in his imprisonment in the Marshalsea from 1578-80. Made curate of St Wilfrid's Church, Alford in 1581 and master of the grammar school in 1585, Marbury lost his license to preach and teach and was subjected to house arrest when he criticized the Church in 1590. After frequent denials that he was a puritan or nonconformist, his arrest and its accompanying bans were lifted in 1594. He was made rector of St. Martin-in-the-Vintry in 1605, vicar of St Pancras in 1608, and rector of St Margaret, New Fish Street in 1610. In addition to his clerical career, Marbury was also a playwright, best known for his work "The Contract of Marriage between Wit and Wisdom" (1709). Married twice -- first to Elizabeth Moore in 1582 and Bridget Dryden in 1587 -- he had as many as 20 children; his daughter Anne Hutchinson (1591-1643) was an infamous and controversial Puritan embroiled in the Antinomian Controversy in Massachusetts. Marbury died of a sudden illness in February 1611.
GEMMS record createdOctober 15, 2016
GEMMS record last editedJuly 21, 2022