Richard Hooker, Master of the Temple

In: Devonshire gleanings from Manningham’s Diary.
Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 1875, Vol VII, p. 384.

By W. Pengelly

Prepared by Michael Steer

The author has provided a biographical excerpt, that he calls a ‘Gleaning’ from the "Diary of John Manningham, of the Middle Temple, and of Bradbourne, Kent, Barrister-at-Law, 1602-1603, His paper was presented at the Association’s 1875 Torrington meeting. Richard Hooker (25 March, 1554 – 3 November 1600) was a priest in the Church of England and an influential theologian. One of the most important English theologians of the sixteenth centuryhis defence of the role of redeemed reason informed the theology of the seventeenth century Caroline Divines and later provided many members of the Church of England with a theological method that combined the claims of revelation, reason and tradition. The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, commonly known simply as Middle Temple, is one of the four Inns of Court exclusively entitled to call their members to the English Bar as barristers, the others being the Inner Temple, Gray's Inn and Lincoln's Inn The article, from a copy of a rare and much sought-after journal can be downloaded from the Internet Archive. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several sources. [Everything within brackets is editorial, All else is from the Diary]

[Richard Hooker, Master of the Temple. Born at Heavitree, or Exeter, about 1553, and died near London 2nd November, 1600, aged 46. The following is the only mention of Hooker]: -

"Dr. Couels booke which he wrote as an appology of Mr. Hooker may be sayd to be all heaven, butt yett Mr. Hookers sentences and discourses intermixed are the stars and constellations, the speciall ornaments of it" p. 138.

[Mr. Bruce adds the following note]: - "A just and temperate Defence of the Five Books of Ecclesiastical Polity written by Mr. Richard Hooker, against an uncharitable Letter of certain English Protestants. By William Covel D.D. Lond. 4to. 1603, reprinted in the Works of Hooker, edited by Hanbuiy. Lond. 1830, ii, 449."