Hales, John

Hales, John,

1584–1656, English clergyman and scholar, often alluded to as the Ever-Memorable. He won distinction by his lectures on Greek at Oxford, his preaching, and his writings. From 1613 to 1649 he held a fellowship at Eton College. As chaplain to Sir Dudley Carleton, he was an observer at the Synod of Dort (1618–19), an important meeting of Calvinists. Hales's tolerance in religion found expression in Schism and Schismatics, published anonymously (and without consent) in 1642. Archbishop Laud in 1639 made Hales a canon of Windsor, but he was ejected from that post in 1642 and from his Eton fellowship in 1649. His remaining years, under the Commonwealth, were spent in obscurity and poverty. In the Golden Remains of the Ever Memorable Mr. John Hales (1659), with a preface by John Pearson, are included a number of his writings.


See biography by J. H. Elson (1948).

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BAYWATCH: Keith Chichester of Chichester Nunns, Mike Baroth of the Dovey Group, Simon Watson James of EJ Hales, John James of Fletcher Morgan, Steve Matheson of Lambert Smith Hampton and the Neptune Court Site in Cardiff Bay
FOLLOWING the unveiling of our late father Gordon W Richards's statue, sculpted by David Williams Ellis, at Carlisle racecourse on Saturday, October 26, we would like to take this opportunity to especially thank all those who made this extremely generous gesture - Mrs Stewart Catherwood, Alistair Duff, Dr Ken Fraser, John Hales, John Morton, Bill Peacock, David Stevenson and Mrs David Whitaker.