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LOUGHER , ROBERT (d. 1585? ), civil lawyer and ecclesiastical administrator ;

b. at Tenby , the youngest son of Thomas Lougher , alderman of the borough . He became a Fellow of All Souls , Oxford (as founder's kin), in 1553 , and graduated B.C.L. in 1558 (9 July) . In 1561-3 he was presented to three sinecure rectories in Devon and became archdeacon of Totnes ( 21 Feb. 1562 ). He attended the Convocation of 1562-3 as prolocutor for the Devon clergy , acquiescing in the majority decisions but voting against the six proposed Puritan articles. From 1564-70 and again from 1575-80 he was Principal of New Inn Hall , Oxford , and in 1565 (10 Jan.) was elected Professor of Civil Law there, proceeding to his doctorate ( 19 Feb. ) and entering Doctor's Commons in the same year ( 25 Feb. ). When queen Elizabeth visited Oxford in 1566 Lougher was one of the doctors chosen to dispute before her ( 4 Sept. ) on civil law. He was made one of the foundation Fellows of Jesus in 1571 , in 1572 represented Pembroke borough in parliament , and in 1574 became a master of chancery . In 1576 (14 July) he was sent as one of four commissioners to conduct a visitation of the diocese of Gloucester , and in May 1577 Edwin Sandys , archbishop of York , made him his vicar-general and chancellor , an office he retained until his death at Tenby in June, 1583 or 1585 . His second son, ROBERT LOUGHER , entered Middle Temple 25 Feb. 1599 .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography , and sources therein cited;
  • Coote , Sketches of the Lives and Characters of Eminent English Civilians[] , 1804 , 1804 , 47;
  • W. R. Williams , The History of the Parliamentary Representation of Wales , 1895 , 160;
  • Sturgess , Register of Admissions to the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, 1501–1944 , 1949 , 74.

Author:

Emeritus Professor Arthur Herbert Dodd, M.A., (1891-1975), Bangor

Published date: 1959