Gresham College

Analytical Index to the Series of Records Known as the Remembrancia 1579-1664. Originally published by EJ Francis, London, 1878.

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'Gresham College', in Analytical Index to the Series of Records Known as the Remembrancia 1579-1664, (London, 1878) pp. 165-167. British History Online [accessed 24 April 2024]

Gresham College.

VI. 2. Letter from the Committee for Gresham College to Lady Read, (fn. 1) stating that the house in Bishopsgate Street, lately in her occupation, had come into their possession as part of Gresham House, (fn. 2) bequeathed by Sir Thomas Gresham, Knight, to such uses as in his will were expressed. They understood certain goods of hers were still remaining therein. They trusted she would be mindful of the arrears of rent due, and of the wainscots anciently belonging to the house. Order should be taken that her goods should receive no hurt, but be ready at her command.
Dated in December (probably 1622).

VII. 147. Order of the Privy Council reciting that Sir Maurice Abbott, (fn. 3) Knight, and Mr. Alderman Backhouse, had attended the Board with their Counsel to answer the Petition of John Groves, (fn. 4) Professor of Geometry in Gresham College, which Petition had been referred by the King to the consideration of the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Keeper, the Earl Marshal, and Mr. Secretary Windebanck, and directing that the consideration of the matter be adjourned until the first day of the ensuing Michaelmas term.
Whitehall, 8th July, 1635.

IX. 47. Letter from the Commissioners for Charitable Uses to the Lord Mayor and the Gresham Committee, stating that at their meeting in the City, on the 20th of March last, the Readers of Gresham College had complained that some part of the house bequeathed by Sir Thomas Gresham for their use had been detained from them,—that such other parts as were ordinarily in their possession had been of late frequently applied to uses which occasioned great disquiet to the Readers in their lodgings,—that their present allowance of 50l. per annum was not a sufficient income for the maintenance of fit and competent Readers; and that Sir Thomas Gresham had intended to augment the salaries according to the increase in the revenues left for that purpose; and requesting his Lordship to appoint some fitting persons to meet the Commissioners in the Hall of the College on the last of July, to confer with them upon the subject.
21st July, 1662.


  • 1. Probably the widow of one of the descendants of Lady Gresham by her first marriage with William Read, Esq., of Beccles, Suffolk.
  • 2. This mansion, Sir Thomas Gresham, by his will, dated July 5th, 1575, left to his widow, Lady Gresham, for life, and at her decease to be a college for the gratuitous instruction of all who chose to attend the lectures. Lady Gresham died November 23rd, 1596. See a view of the building in 1739, in Burgon's 'Life of Gresham.'
  • 3. Draper. The first person knighted by King Charles the First on his accession, 1625; M. P. for London the same year; elected Alderman of Bridge Without, December 15th, 1626; chosen Sheriff, 1627; removed to Coleman Street, September 13th, 1631; chosen Lord Mayor, 1638. Samuel Warner elected Alderman of Coleman Street, loco Abbott, deceased, January 10th, 1642. Sir Maurice was the youngest son of Maurice Abbott, Clothworker, of Guildford. He was educated at the Free-school in that town. He was one of the original Directors of the East India Company. In 1620 he was sent, with Sir Dudley, Digges, on an embassy to Holland. In 1623 he was one of the farmers of the Customs; and in the next year was nominated one of the Council for establishing the Colony of Virginia. His brother George was Archbishop of Canterbury; see note 3, page 131, and his eldest brother, Robert, was Bishop of Salisbury. His pageant, entitled 'Porta Pietatis'; or the Port or Harbour of Piety, was written by Thomas Heywood, and performed at the expense of his Company on his accession to office as Lord Mayor; a copy is preserved in the Guildhall Library.
  • 4. Born at Colmore, near Alresford, Hampshire, in 1602; entered Balliol College, Oxford, 1617; took B.A., July 6th, 1621; M.A., June 25th, 1628; chosen Gresham Professor, 1635; became a great traveller, removed from his Professorship for non-attendance, Nov. 15th, 1643, and became Professor of Astronomy at Oxford; died, October 2nd, 1652, and was buried in St. Bennet, Sherehog, Pancras Lane.