John Arrowsmith (29 March 1602 – 15 February 1659) was an English theologian and academic.


Arrowsmith was born near Gateshead and entered St John's College, Cambridge, in 1616. In 1623 he entered the fellowship of St Catherine Hall, Cambridge.[1]

In 1631 he became a preacher at King's Lynn, Norfolk. He was a member of the Westminster Assembly and preached to the Long Parliament on a number of occasions. He was elected as Master of St Johns, Cambridge, on 11 April 1644. In 1645 he became rector of St Martin Pomary, London.[2] He served as Vice-Chancellor of the University in 1647–1648.[citation needed]

In 1651, he was elected Regius Professor of Divinity, and, in 1653, Master of Trinity College. He resigned his professorship in 1655 and died on 15 February 1659 in Cambridge.[citation needed]



  1. ^ "Arrowsmith, John (ARWT616J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
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Academic offices Preceded byWilliam Beale Master of St John's College, Cambridge 1644–1653 Succeeded byAnthony Tuckney Preceded bySamuel Collins Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge 1651–1656 Succeeded byAnthony Tuckney Preceded byThomas Hill Master of Trinity College, Cambridge 1653–1659 Succeeded byJohn Wilkins Preceded byThomas Hill Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge 1647–1648 Succeeded byAnthony Tuckney