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Posted by Bob Frewen on 12 September , 2002 at 10:21:39:

In Reply to: Frewin Road, Wandsworth, London posted by Lawrence on 12 September , 2002 at 00:56:50:

From the site

the following entry:

FREWEN, ACCEPTED (1588—1664), archbishop of York, was born at Northiam, in Sussex, and educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, where in 1612 he became a fellow. In 1617 and 1621 the college allowed him to act as chaplain to Sir John Digby, ambassador in Spain. At Madrid he preached a sermon which pleased Prince Charles, afterwards Charles I., and the latter on his accession appointed Frewen one of his chaplains. In 1625 he became canon of Canterbury and vice-president of Magdalen College, and in the following year he was elected president. He was vice-chancellor of the university in 1628 and 1629, and again in 1638 and 1639. It was mainly by his instrumentality that the university plate was sent to the king at York in 1642. Two years later he was consecrated bishop of Lichfield and Coventry, and resigned his presidentship. Parliament declared his estates forfeited for treason in 1652, and Cromwell afterwards set a price on his head. The proclamations, however, designated him Stephen Frewen, and he was consequently able to escape into France. At the Restoration he reappeared in public, and in 1660 he was consecrated archbishop of York. In 1661 he acted as chairman of the Savoy conference.
According to Frewen family tradition, the sermon mentioned above was decidedly anti Roman Church and was a deciding factor in Prince Charles giving up the notion of marrying a Spanish princess.

His career:

M.A. 1616 (Incorp. from Oxford). Matric. from Magdalen College, Oxford, June 8, 1604, age 16; B.A. (Oxford) 1608-9; M.A. 1612; B.D. 1619; D.D. 1626. Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, 1612-26. President, 1626-44-Vice-Chancellor, 1628, 1638. Chaplain to Lord Digby, in Spain, 1621. Chaplain to the King, 1625. Preb. of Canterbury, 1625. R. of Warnford, Hants., 1626-45, sequestered. Dean of Gloucester, 1631-43. R. of Stanlake, Oxon., 1635. Bishop of Lichfield, 1643. Archbishop of York, 1660-4. Died at Bishopsthorpe, Mar. 28, 1664. M.I. in York Minster.(D.N.B.; Al. Oxon.; Le Neve, Mon., IV. 101.)

His portrait hangs in one of the Halls at Oxford.

At the Restoration Accepted obtained the substantial sum of money due from his various appointments and which had built up during his time in exile.

Accepted is one of the names suggested as the author of the book “The Whole Duty of Man”

Thomas Pepys in his diary entry for Oct 4th 1660 mentions Accepted:

"I and Lieut Lambert to Westminster Abbey, where we saw Dr Frewen translated to the Archbishoprick of York Here I saw the Bishops of Winchester, Bangor, Rochester, Bath and Wells, and Salisbury, all in their habits, in King Henry Seventh’s chapel But, Lord at their going out, how people did most of them look upon them as strange creatures, and few with any kind of love or respect.”

In his father’s (Rev. John Frewen) will dated 1627, Accepted was not the main beneficiary even though he was the eldest son. From the wording Rev. John clearly was very proud of his son’s achievements and probably believed that he did not need further cash or land. Accepted is the only beneficiary described as “wellbeloved” and although his brother Thankful Frewen was the sole executor, Rev. John stipulated that Accepted be an overseer of his last testament:

“I geve and bequeath onto my eldest and welbeloved sonne Accepted frewen Doctor of divinity and President of Magdalen Colledge in Oxford my great gilt cupp with the cover my silver salt and six of my best gilt spones………….

And I do hereby nominat appoynt and desire my foresaid eldest sonne Accepted ffrewen Doctor of Divinity , my sone John ffrewen, and my well affected son in law John Bigge to be overseers of this my will, desiring them and every of them to see this my will performed and in every poynt dischardged accordinge to this my minde herein expressed and sett downe “

A few years ago a silver gilt goblet engraved with the Arms of Accepted came up for auction in London – I was contacted to see if I was interested but the estimated price of stg.£10,000 was too much to pay for a curiosity.

Most of the present day Frewens and Frewen-Lords trace their ancestry back to the Rev. John, I am descended from a half-brother of Accepted.

Strange that the road is Frewin - all the references and old documents to Accepted use Frewen.

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