Henry Butts
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Henry Butts, D.D. (1573–1632) was a priest and academic in the second half of the sixteenth century and the first decades of the seventeenth.[1]

Butts was born in Northamptonshire. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, graduating Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1595; and Master of Arts (MA) degree in 1598. He was appointed Fellow in 1597; and Master in 1626. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge from 1629 to 1631.[2] During his time as vice-chancellor, Bubonic plague broke out in Cambridge and, unlike most of the students and scholars, he remained in the city to coordinate the university's response.[3] He held livings at Birdbrook then Barton Mills. He hanged himself on Easter Day (1 April) 1632.[3]


  1. ^ Alumni Cantabrigienses: A Biographical List of All Known Students, Graduates and Holders of Office at the University of Cambridge, from the Earliest Times to 1900, John Venn/John Archibald Venn Cambridge University Press > (10 volumes 1922 to 1953) Part I. 1209–1751 Vol. i. Abbas – Cutts, (1922) pp370
  2. ^ University of Cambridge web-site
  3. ^ a b "Henry Butts and the turmoil during the time of plague". Corpus Christi College. University of Cambridge. 5 July 2021. Retrieved 8 October 2022.