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This Wren was the son of the Bishop of Ely and a first cousin of the architect Sir Christopher Wren.

Christopher Squire  •  Link

Matthew Ren was the ‘ . . son of Matthew Wren (1585–1667), master of Peterhouse and bishop of Ely’; he ‘ . . survived the fall of Clarendon on . . succeeding Sir William Coventry (on Clarendon's recommendation) as secretary to the duke of York at the beginning of September. Henceforth he was one of York's political dependants . . ’; he died died of wounds received at the battle of Sole Bay, at Greenwich on the 14th June 1672. [DNB]

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Matthew Wren (20 August 1629 – 14 June 1672) was an English politician and writer. He is now known as an opponent of James Harrington, and a monarchist who made qualified use of the ideas of Thomas Hobbes.

He was secretary to Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon, from 1660 to 1667, M.P. for St. Michael (1661 to 1672), and secretary to James, Duke of York (1667 to 1672). He was fatally injured accompanying the duke at the Battle of Solebay in 1672 and died on his return to Greenwich. He was buried with his father at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge.[3]

He was one of the council of the Royal Society named in Charles II's original charter, dated 15 July 1662,[4] and was a prominent member of the Society.

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