Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
from L&M Companion(1630-90). Elected Fellow of Magdalene College in 1656.... Pepys remarks on the red nose which gave him his local reputation....
John Peachell, S.T.P., Vicar of Stanwick, and Prebendary of Carlisle, made Master of Magdalen College, 1679; from which office, as well as that of Vice-Chancellor, he was suspended by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, May 7, 1687, for disobeying the Royal Mandate. He was, however, restored by King James II.'s Letter to the Headship, October 24, 1688, and died 1690. Lord Dartmouth, in a note to Burnet's Reign of James II., p. 167, edit. 1852, mentions that Dr. Peachell starved himself to death: Archbishop Sancroft having rebuked him for setting an ill example in the University by drunkenness and other loose conduct, he did penance by four days abstinence; after which he would have eaten, but could not. Pepys afterwards (3d May, 1667) remarks upon the rubicundity of Peachell's nose, on which account he was ashamed to walk with him.---Diary and correspondence of Samuel Pepys, the diary deciphered by J. Smith. 1854.
PEACHELL, JOHN (1630-1690), master of Magdalene College, Cambridge; M.A. Magdalene College, Cambridge, 1653; D.D., 1680; foundation fellow, 1656; a staunch toper and unswerving loyalist; elected master 1679; suspended from his mastership, 1687, for refusal as vice-chancellor of the university to admit the Benedictine Alban Francis to the master's degree until he had taken the oaths; terrified by Jeffreys on his appearance before the council, when he showed great ignorance and timidity; restored by James II, 1688, and (1690) rebuked by Bancroft for drunkenness and ill-conduct; his death said to have been caused by a self-imposed penance of four days' abstinence.---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.
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