John Richardson
John Richardson

John Richardson (born Linton, Cambridgeshire, c. 1564 – 1625) was a Biblical scholar and a Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1615 until his death.


He was born ‘of honest parentage’ at Linton, Cambridgeshire. John Richardson matriculated as a sizar from Clare College, Cambridge in 1578,[1] where he graduated B.A. in 1581.[2] He was afterwards elected to a fellowship at Emmanuel College.[1] He proceeded M.A. in 1585, B.D. in 1592, and D.D. in 1597.[2]

In 1607 he was appointed Regius Professor of Divinity, in succession to Dr. John Overall.[2]

In 1609 he was appointed Master of Peterhouse before accepting in 1615 the same position at Trinity.[1]

Some notes of his Lectiones de Predestinatione are preserved in manuscript in Cambridge University Library (Gg. i. 29, pt. ii.). He and Richard Thomson were among the first of the Cambridge divines who maintained the doctrine Arminianism in opposition to the Calvinists.[2] He resigned in 1617 as a results of increasing anti-Arminian pressure.[3] He then served in 1617 and 1618 as vice-chancellor of the university.[1]

Richardson was a skilled hebraist and he served in the "First Cambridge Company", charged by James I of England with the translation of the books of the Old Testament from the Books of Chronicles to Song of Songs (comprising most of the Ketuvim) for the King James Version of the Bible.[2]

At his death, Richardson left a bequest of £100 to Peterhouse.[2]

Notes and references


  1. ^ a b c d "Richardson, John (RCRT578J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Cooper 1885.
  3. ^ Coffey 2006, p. 25. John Overall, Regius Professor of Divinity from 1595 to 1607, denied the doctrine of the inevitable perseverance of the saints. His successor, John Richardon, appears to have held Arminian views on both perseverance and election, and resigned in 1617 as a results of increasing anti-Arminian pressure.


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Academic offices Preceded byJohn Overall Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge 1606–1617 Succeeded bySamuel Collins Preceded byRobert Some Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge 1609–1615 Succeeded byThomas Turner Preceded byThomas Nevile Master of Trinity College, Cambridge 1615–1625 Succeeded byLeonard Mawe