John Richardson (translator)

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John Richardson

John Richardson (born Linton, Cambridgeshire, c. 1564 – 1625) was Master of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1615 until his death.

John Richardson matriculated as a sizar from Clare College, Cambridge in 1578. He was made a fellow of Emmanuel College, and then Master of Peterhouse before accepting the same position at Trinity, where he was also Regius Professor of Divinity, and served in 1617 and 1618 as vice-chancellor of the university.[1]

Richardson was a skilled linguist, and he served in the "First Cambridge Company", charged by James I of England with the translation of the books of the Old Testament from the Books of Chronicles to Song of Songs (comprising most of the Ketuvim) for the King James Version of the Bible.

At his death, Richardson left a bequest of £100 to Peterhouse.


  • "Richardson, John (d.1625)" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  1. ^ "Richardson, John (RCRT578J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  • McClure, Alexander. (1858) The Translators Revived: A Biographical Memoir of the Authors of the English Version of the Holy Bible. Mobile, Alabama: R. E. Publications (republished by the Marantha Bible Society, 1984 ASIN B0006YJPI8 )
  • Nicolson, Adam. (2003) God's Secretaries: The Making of the King James Bible. New York: HarperCollins ISBN 0-06-095975-4
  • The Master of Trinity at Trinity College, Cambridge
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Overall
Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge
Succeeded by
Samuel Collins
Preceded by
Robert Some
Master of Peterhouse, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Thomas Turner
Preceded by
Thomas Nevile
Master of Trinity College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Leonard Mawe