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John Greenwood (abt. 1560 - 1593)

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Rev John "the Martyr" Greenwood
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Died in Tyburn, Warwickshire, Englandmap
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John Greenwod (c.1560- 6 Apr 1593) was a Puritan preacher and separatist. His parents, date of birth and birthplace are unknown. [1][2]

He matriculated sizar at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, on 18 March 1578, and the DNB guesses he was 18 years old at that time.[2] He went B.A. 1581, although sometimes he is styled MA he did not appear to take another degree. In 1581 was chaplain to Lord Rich at Rochford, Essex, and was ordained as a priest which he later reounced.[1]

Greenwood was married, but his wife's name is unknown. They had at least one child, a son named Abel, who was born in the autumn of 1587 and was still unbaptized on 24 March 1589.[2]

He led the separatist congregation in London. He was arrested 5 Dec 1592, tried March 1593 for "divising and circulating seditious books" and was executed by hanging at Tyburn 6 Apr 1593.[1]

Research Notes

Prev. b. 1556 at Heptonstall, Yorkshire, England removed.

Parents James Greenwood and Elizabeth Mawde disconnected.

Wives Isabella Lee and Ann Marshe disconnected.

Child Thomas and James disconnected.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 wikipedia:John Greenwood (divine)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Michael E. Moody,‘Greenwood, John (c.1560–1593)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2007
  • Page 37: "The Rev. John Greenwood was son of James Greenwood by his second wife, Elizabeth, dau. of Edward Mawde. His grandfather, Thomas Greenwood, m. Margaret, dau. of Thomas Draper of Brodelsthom. Rev. John Greenwood m. and his only child was Abel, b. 1585, who was grandfather of Thomas Greenwood, who settled in Neton, Mass., 1665."

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