Laud, William

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Laud, William Gender: M
born on 7 October 1573 Jul.Cal. (17 Oct 1573 greg.) at 04:46 (= 04:46 AM )
Place Reading, England, 51n28, 0w59
Timezone LMT m0w59 (is local mean time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Harvey
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 23°36' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 01°48 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 04°53'

William Laud


British ecclesiastic, born in humble circumstances but who rose to a most notable position of Archbishop of Canterbury in 1633.

He was brought up in the Hospital (orphanage) and sent to University among the learned, St. John's College on a scholarship. Laud decided on the Church as his calling where he advanced by degrees. He was ordained in 1601 and became a Bishop in 1621. James I chose him as King's Chaplain and he was Bishop of Bath and Wells under Charles I. Laud refused the offer of a cardinal's hat and became Bishop of London in 1628 and was elected Chancellor of the University of Oxford in 1630.

When Laud vigorously opposed Puritan influences in the Church of England during the period of chaos when the established church was overthrown, he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. After a 1644 trial that was a farce, he was beheaded on 10 January 1645.

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  • Work : New Career 1601 (Ordained priest)
  • Work : Gain social status 1633 (Archbishop of Canterbury)
  • Crime : Trial dates 1644 (Farce)
  • Death by Execution 10 January 1645 Jul.Cal. (20 Jan 1645 greg.) (Beheaded, age 82)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Martin Harvey, Nativitas Vol II quotes Laud's personal diary preserved in St. John's College, Oxford for the date, "Natus fui Octob. 7. 1573, Redingi," however the time of 5:00 AM on the sundial does not seem documented. (which has a correction of -14 min 22 sec); he pictures a chart with 5 Libra rising.

(Modern Astrology May/1907 quoted Sibly for October 6, 1573 OS. Bodley Ms. Ashm. 243. fol 216 and 218 reproduce Lilly's date "without enlightenment." Lilly found it strange that his natus was known as Laud was age 40 before he grew to any fame and repute. He was born of obscure means, not one whose birth would be cause of note; all of which caused Lilly to doubt the given time. Harvey notes that the nativity was given by William Lilly and John Gadbury and noted by Elias Ashmole, in each case without mention of source.


  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Executed (Beheaded)
  • Passions : Criminal Perpetrator : Lawsuit instigated (Tower of London)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 82)
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (Chancellor of University of Oxford)
  • Vocation : Religion : Ecclesiastics/ western (Archbishop of Canterbury)