Chauncy, Maurice

, whose name we find sometimes spelt Chamney, Chancy, and Channy, was a monk of the Charter-house, London, and with many others of the same order, was imprisoned in the reign of Henry VIII. for refusing to own his supremacy. When the monastery was dissolved, and several of his brethren executed in 1535, Chauncy and a few others contrived to remain unmolested partly in England and partly in Flanders, until the accession of queen Mary, when they were replaced at Shene near Richmond, a monastery formerly belonging to the Carthusians. On the queen’s death, they were permitted to go to Flanders, under Chauncy, who was now their prior. The unsettled state of the reformation there obliged them to remove from Bruges to Doway, and from


This Isaac Chauncy, at the restoration, was in possession of the rectory of Woodborough in Wiltshire, and came afterwards to London, with a view to practise physic, but was induced to accept a call from a dissenting meeting, in which he preached for fourteen years, but being a bigotted independent, he so tormented his hearers with declamations on church go­ vernment, that they left him, and he left off preaching, and was succeeded by the celebrated Dr. Watts, who knew the business of the pulpit, and recalled the congregation. Chauncy was afterwards appointed tutor of a dissenting academy, which was afterwards conducted by Dr. Ridgley. He died Feb. 28, 1712. —Calamy.

| Doway to Louvain, where they remained until a house was prepared for them at Nieuport, and there at length they obtained a settlement under the crown of Spam, Chauncy, however, died at Bruges July 15, 1581, highly respected by those of his own order. Of his works one only is worth mentioning, entitled “Historia aliquot nostri saeculi Martyrum, cum pia, turn lectu jucunda, antehac typis excusa,” printed at Mentz, 1550, 4to, with eurious copper-plates. This work, which is very rare, contains the epitaph of sir Thomas More, written by himself; the captivity and martyrdom of Fibber, bishop of Rochester; and the same of sir Thomas More; and of other eminent persons, who were executed in Henry VIII.'s reign. Wood mentions a second edition at Cologne in 1608, which we think we have seen. 1

Ath. Ox. vol. I. Dodd’s Church History. Tanner.