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NICHOLLS , JOHN ( 1555 - 1584? ), controversial theologian .

His only connection with Wales is that he was a son of a John Nicholls and was b. at Cowbridge . He entered White Hall (afterwards Jesus College ), Oxford , and later transferred to Brasenose , but left without a degree. After leaving the University he returned home and acted as a tutor before obtaining a curacy at Withycombe in Somerset . The rest of his short life was spent partly on the continent of Europe and partly in England , in oscillations between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism , and the publication of controversial works (titles in D.N.B. ) to suit the variation of his opinions. He finally landed in Romanism , but seems to have entirely lacked convictions. He probably d. in 1583 or 1584 ‘ in great misery .’


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography , and sources cited therein.


Henry John Randall, F.S.A., (1877-1964), Bridgend

Published date: 1959