Walter Travers

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Walter Travers (* around 1548 in Nottingham ; † January 1634 ) was an English Puritan clergyman and author .


Travers studied at Christ's College , Cambridge , where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1565 and a Master of Arts degree in 1569 . During a visit to Geneva , he made friends with Theodor Beza and has since advocated Calvinist teaching and the Presbyterian form of church organization. After the publication of his Ecclesiasticae disciplinae, et anglicanae Ecclesiae ab illa aberrationis (1574, also published in English in the same year as A full and plaine declaration of Ecclesiasticall Discipline owt off the word off God ), a programmatic publication of Presbyterianism, he acquired the Degree of Bachelor of Divinity and 1576 from Oxford University the degree of Doctor of Divinity . A job in the Church of England was barred for him because he refused in 1578 to sign the Thirty-Nine Articles .

Travers then left England and was ordained by Thomas Cartwright in Antwerp . In 1580 he returned to England and was local chaplain to William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley and tutor of his son Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury . As an afternoon preacher at Temple Church , he was involved in a controversy with Richard Hooker , who defended the British state church. Travers was passed over in the appeal to the pastorate at Temple Church by Archbishop John Whitgift , in 1591 professor at the University of St Andrews and in 1595 rector of the newly established Trinity College in Dublin. In August 1598, however, he had to give up his office due to illness and went back to London, where he died impoverished and forgotten decades later.


  • Mark Goldblatt: Travers, Walter . In: Arthur F. Kinney et al. a. (Ed.): Tudor England. To Encyclopedia. Garland, New York 2001, ISBN 0-8153-0793-4 . P. 709.

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