Famous People from the Cambridgeshire

Collier, Jeremy (1650-1726)

British Anglican cleric and nonjuror, born in Stow cum Quy, Cambridgeshire. He studied at Cambridge, afterwards becoming rector of Ampton near Bury St Edmunds, and lecturer at Gray's Inn. He refused to take the oath of allegiance to William III and Mary in 1689, waged war on the crown with incisive pamphlets, and was arrested in 1692 on suspicion of being involved in a Jacobite plot. He was was outlawed 1696 for granting absolution on the scaffold to two men who had tried to assassinate William III. In 1697 he published his Short View of the Immorality and Profaneness of the English Stage, mainly aimed at was aimed at the dramatists William Congreve and John Vanbrugh, which fell like a thunderbolt among the wits. He continued to preach to a congregation of nonjurors, and was consecrated a nonjuring bishop in 1713.

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