Thomas Ken

KEN, Thomas. b. Little Berkhampstead, Hertfordshire, July 1637; d. Longleat, Wiltshire, 19 March 1711. He was the son of Thomas Ken, an attorney. He was brought up by his brother-in-law, Isaak Walton (1593-1683), the biographer of John Donne* and George Herbert*. Ken was educated at Winchester College (1651-56), Hart Hall, Oxford, and New College, Oxford (BA 1661, MA 1664). He was appointed Tutor in Logic at New College in 1661, and took Holy Orders in 1661 or 1662. He was rector of Little Easton, Essex, 1663-65; chaplain to George Morley, bishop of Winchester, 1665 and Fellow of Winchester College, 1666; rector of Brighstone, Isle of Wight (1667-69); prebendary of Winchester Cathedral,...

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