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  • Name Andrew KINGSMILL 
    Born UNKNOWN  
    Gender Male 
    Died UNKNOWN  
    Person ID I4880  Davidson-Radford
    Last Modified 6 Sep 2013 

    Father John KINGSMILL,   b. 1494
    , Sidmonton, Hampshire, England
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jul 1556
     (Age 62 years) 
    Relationship Natural
    Mother Constance GORING,   b. Abt 1500
    , Burton, Sussex, England
    Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 May 1581
     (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Relationship Natural
    Family ID F1141  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 

    • Andrew Kingsmill became a fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. In
      1564, Bishop Pilkington (his brother-in-law) wrote a letter in Latin
      to him, on the choice of a profession, recommending him to enter the
      ministry of the Church. The letter is still in the Bodleian Library,
      and is printed in the Parker Society's edition of the Bishop's works.
      We may be surprised to find that theology was not then looked up to;
      but the prejudice against it among learned men (caused by the
      ignorance and bigotry of the priests before the Reformation), was not
      yet entirely removed. The Bishop says: You are in doubt whether to
      devote yourself to the school of despised theology, or to that of the
      honourable science of lawyers. He then quotes the saying: "DAT
      GALENUS OPES, DAT JUSTIANUS HONORES" i.e., the medical profession
      brings wealth, the law brings honour. The Bishop then refers to the
      difficulties which kept men back from the sacred office, and we need
      ot wonder, when the horrors of Queen Mary's reign were fresh in the
      ation's mind, that among them be the dread of "poverty, exile, fire,
      ack and suffering of every kind;" but that he urges the high humour
      of the sacred office, though it would not be rewarded in this world.
      He alludes to the meaning of his brother-in-law's name as implying a
      firm character, "Sic tu. Andrea" ? "so do though, Andrew, be manly";
      and advises him to make the question a matter of prayer, in order to
      be guided aright. Lest the Bishop should appear prejudiced, he
      mentions his high opinion of the law also as a profession, and
      declares that he would give a great price of even a small part of his
      brother's (in-law) knowledge. He apologised for his plain speaking,
      and ends by saying ? "I would rather be offended by speaking to you,
      than be thought unkind for being silent." The letter is signed thus:-
      "James Pilkington, the Bishop of Druesmes Lettre to his
      brother-in-law Andrew Kingsmill, Fellow of Allsoules College in Oxon.
      1564." Source: Kingsmill, J.T., DD, Chronicles of the Kingsmills,
      Bedofrd, 1919

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