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 Richard Edes

Richard Edes

Birth
England
Death 19 Nov 1604 (aged 48–49)
England
Burial Worcester, City of Worcester, Worcestershire, England
Memorial ID 11846 · View Source
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Anglican Clergy. He attended the Hampton Court Conference in 1604 where the decision was made by King James of England to undertake a new translation of the Bible. Being the chaplain to Queen Elizabeth I and then King James, he was then selected as one of the Translators assigned to the Second Oxford Company responsible for the Gospels, Acts, and book of Revelation. He unfortunately died at the outset of the project, being the first of the Translators to die. Nonetheless, like fellow Translator, Edward Lively, who also died early on, he will always be associated with the grand endeavor. He was the eldest son of Lawrence Edes, a clothier dwelling in "ye corner house in ye Beaste-market" in Newport. His mother Alice was the daughter of Thomas James. He attended preparatory school in London before commencing his university studies at Oxford. In addition to his scholarly pursuits he had a literary interest, and was known for his poetry and plays. He, like contemporary playwright, William Shakespeare, composed a tragedy on the life of Julius Caesar that was presented at Christ Church, Oxford in 1582; none of his plays survived to present day but his poems did. He was, of course, a renowned scholar, and biographer Anthony á Wood called him "a most noted and celebrated preacher". He married Margaret, daughter of Herbert Westfaling, bishop of Hereford, before 1592. They had at least two children, Margaret born in 1592 and Tobyas born in 1594.

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  • Added: 23 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11846
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Edes (1555–19 Nov 1604), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11846, citing Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, City of Worcester, Worcestershire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .