Wood, Anthony ___ 1632-1695 ___ British ___ antiquary

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Wood was born in Oxford, and educated at a free grammar school and Trinity College. In 1647, he entered Merton College and was made postmaster. During subsequent years, he seems to have developed odd interests - in ploughing, bell-ringing, and playing the violin. Also, he published a book of sermons preached by his late brother Edward. Thereafter, he steadily investigated local antiquities, as well as researching into historical records, and this led, in 1669, to publication of 'Historia et Antiquitates Universitatis Oxoniensis'. In 1678, the university registers, which had been in his custody for the best part of two decades, were taken away from him. This was because the authorities believed he might be implicated in the Popish Plot. Subsequently, to recover his position, he swore oaths of allegiance. In 1693, though, he was banished from the university a libel in 'Athenae Oxoniensis' against the late Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon, but he then recanted. It is said that Wood was an uncouth man, but one who led a life of self-denial, and devoted himself entirely to antiquarian research.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1657-1695 ___ religious social health education archaeology

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ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LINKS
British Library, Manuscript Collections - 1632-1659
Oxford University: Bodleian Library - 1660-1695

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The Life and Times of Anthony Wood
 

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