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Archer, Isaac, 1641-1700 (clergyman)



  • Existence: 1641 - 1700


Isaac Archer (1641-1700), the son of William (1609-1670) and Mary Archer (d. 1649), was born in north Suffolk, but moved to Essex early in his life. In 1653 he was sent to board at Halstead school. At first William Archer opposed Isaac's receiving a university education, probably on the grounds of cost. As a result, he was apprenticed to a linen draper in London, before his father terminated the apprenticeship because of the expense. The intervention of Henry Dearsly, a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, persuaded William Archer to allow his son to enter Trinity. Dearsly helped Isaac when his father later refused to provide him with further maintenance. After his studies Archer took holy orders in the Church of England and served as a minister in Cambridgeshire and later Suffolk. In 1667 he married Anne Peachy (1643-1698), daughter of Roger Peachy, Vicar of Isleham. He married his second wife Elizabeth (d. 1700) in 1699.

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Isaac Archer: Diary

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.8499
Scope and Contents The diary is concerned primarily with Issac Archer's student life and his next twenty years as a clergyman. There is a wide range of subject matter, but the focus is on family relationships, ministerial duties, and Archer's spiritual concerns, particularly his decision to conform to the Anglican Church against the wishes of his father. There are 228 numbered pages, of which 95 pages cover Archer's parochial ministry, but only 16 describe the last 12 years of his life. The volume was not...
Dates: 1659-1700
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