HOPKINS, John. b. Wednesbury, Staffordshire, 1520/1521; d. Great Waldingfield, Suffolk, October 1570 (buried 23 October). Nothing is known of his early life. He was probably the John Hopkins who was admitted to a BA degree at Oxford in 1544, and who was ordained a few years later (deacon 1551, priest 1552). In 1551 his age was given as 30, which is the only evidence of his birth date. He worked in London for a time, and there is a reference to him in Edward Hake’s A Compendious Fourme of Education (1574) as having been a schoolmaster. In 1561 he became rector of Great Waldingfield, Suffolk, and in 1563 of the neighbouring parish of Chilton also. He died and is buried at Great...
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