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John Still (1543?–1608), Bishop of Wells (1593–1608)

Photo credit: The Bishop's Palace & Gardens

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Still was born in Grantham in Lincolnshire and had a distinguished academic career in Cambridge, where he was Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity 1570–1573, Master of St John's College 1574–1577, Master of Trinity College 1577–1593 and twice Vice Chancellor of the University 1575–1576 and 1592–1593. He was the reputed author of the comedy 'Gammer Gurton's Needle'. He married his second wife, Jane Horner of Mells, when he became Bishop, and founded the almshouses in Wells in memory of his first wife Anne Alabaster, by whom he had 9 children.

The Bishop's Palace & Gardens


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    56 x 43 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    acquired, 1827–1829


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