ARCHBISHOP JOHN TILLOTSON 1630-1694
Born John Robert Tillotson, the son of a cloth-maker, at Old Haugh End, Sowerby, near Halifax, West Yorkshire, on 10th October 1630. Educated at Colne, Lancashire, Heath Grammar School, Halifax, and Clare Hall, Cambridge, where he studied Religion, graduating with a BA in 1650 and an MA in 1654.
In 1664 he married Oliver Cromwell's niece, Elizabeth French. In the same year he preached on 'The Wisdom of Being Religious'. In 1666, he published 'Rule of Faith', attacking Roman Catholics and dismissing James II's attempts to re-establish Roman Catholic right to ascend to the throne of England. William of Orange supported Tillotson because of this.
In 1670 he became the Dean of Canterbury and Chaplain to Charles II. Appointed as the Dean of St. Paul's in 1689, he became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1691, maintaining this post until he died in 1694 at the age of 64.
Tillotson's grave can be found in St Lawrence Jewry, London. A statue was erected at St. Peter's Church, Sowerby, in 1746.
Excerpt from Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
Adm. pens. at CLARE, 23 Apr., 1647.
S. of Robert, clothier, of Halifax [ West Riding of Yorkshire ]. B. 1630, at Old Haugh End, Halifax [ West Riding of Yorkshire ].
School, Colne, Lancashire .
Matric. 1647 ;
B.A. 1650 ;
M.A. 1654 ;
D.D. 1666 .
Fellow, 1651-61, deprived.
Ord. c 1661 .
Chaplain to Sir Edm. Prideaux.
R. of Kedington, Suffolk , 1663-4 .
Preacher at Lincoln's Inn, 1663-91 .
Lecturer at St Laurence Jewry, London , 1664 .
Chaplain to the King, 1666-91 .
Preb. of Canterbury [ Kent ], 1670-2 .
Preb. of Chichester [ Sussex ], 1670 .
F.R.S., 1671 .
Dean of Canterbury [ Kent ], 1672-89 .
Canon of St Paul's [ London ], 1675-91 ; Dean, 1689 ;
P.C., 1691 .
Clerk of the Closet, 1689-91 .
Archbishop of Canterbury [ Kent ], 1691-4 .
Died 22 Nov., 1694; buried at St Laurence Jewry [ London ].