Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Per L&M Companion: "(d. 1681) Civil Lawyer; Fellow of King's College, Cambridge (1633-81). He served with the royalists and in 1660 was awarded his LL.D. by royal mandate. His association with Pepys was close -- he seems to have been a friend or relative of Pepys's cousins the Angiers ..."Note: Here's yet another way to get a degree.
This gentleman seems to have had connections with Kings College and Magdalene College; appeared to be studying there at Cambs[granta] getting his Civil law degree. Helped Samuel get his Masters [gave the fee for the correct write up and the correct papyrus sheet] and has connections to Papa Pepis.
William Fairbrother, in 1661 made D.D. at Cambridge per regias litteras. He was Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, and Senior Proctor of the University. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Naseby, whilst fighting on the King's side, and sent to London.—Cole's MSS., vol. xv. p. 122.---Diary and correspondence of Samuel Pepys, the diary deciphered by J. Smith. 1854.
3 October 1660: "Dr. Fairbrother (for so he is lately made of the Civil Law) " http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1660/10/03/ J. Smith should have used the Diary he "deciphered" as a source.
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