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Ussher, James

Born: 1581 AD
Died: 1656 AD
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1581 – James Ussher, born on the 4th of January in Dublin, Ireland. He was Anglican Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.

1591 – He was a gifted linguist, entering Dublin Free School.

1600 – He proved a diligent student, devoting much attention to controversial theology, graduated as M.A. and became a fellow of Trinity College.

       – Appointed as proctor of his college and catechetical lecturer in the university, though still a layman.

1601 – He was ordained as deacon and priest.

1607 – Became regius professor of divinity and also chancellor of St. Patrick’s cathedral, Dublin.

1613 – Published his first printed work, though not his first literary composition — Gravissimae Quaestionis de Christianarum Ecclesiarum, in Occidentis praesertim partibus, ab Apostolicis temporibus ad nostram usque aetatem, continua successione et statu, Historica Explicatio.

1615 – Took part in an attempt of the Irish clergy to impose a Calvinistic confession, embodying the Lambeth Articles.

1619 – On his next visit to England, he brought with him an attestation to his orthodoxy and high professional standing, signed by the lord deputy and the members of the privy council.

1622 – Published a controversial Discourse of the Religion anciently Professed by the Irish and British, designed to show that they were in agreement with the Church of England and opposed to the Church of Rome on the points in debate between those churches..

1623 – He was made a privy councillor for Ireland, and in the same year was summoned to England by the king that he might more readily carry on a work he had already begun upon the antiquity of the British churches.

1629 – He discountenanced Bishop William Bedell’s proposal to revive the Irish language in the service.

1634 – Took part in the convocation which drafted the code of canons that formed the basis of Irish ecclesiastical law until the disestablishment of the Irish Church.

1640 – He paid another visit to England on one of his usual scholarly errands, meaning to return when it was accomplished.

1643 – He was offered a seat in the Assembly of Divines at Westminster, but declined it publicly in terms which drew upon him the anger of the House of Commons, and an order for the confiscation of his library was averted only by the interposition of Selden.

1645 – He quitted Oxford and went into Wales.

1647 – Elected preacher to the Society of Lincoln’s Inn, an office.

1650 – 1654 – He published the work which was long accounted his most important production, the Annales Veteris et Novi Testamenti.

1655 – Published his last work, De Graeca LXX Interpretum Versione Syntagma.

1656 – He died on the 20th of March, in Lady Peterborough’s house at Reigate, and was buried in Westminster Abbey.

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