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Tobias Matthew, or Tobie Mathew (1546 - 29 March 1628) was archbishop of York.


He was the son of Sir John Matthew of Ross in Herefordshiremarker, and of his wife Eleanor Crofton of Ludlowmarker. He was born at Bristolmarker and was educated at Wellsmarker, Somersetmarker, and then in succession at University Collegemarker and Christ Church, Oxfordmarker. He proceeded BA in 1564, and MA in 1566.

He attracted the favourable notice of Queen Elizabeth I, and his rise was steady though not very rapid. He was public orator in 1569, president of St John's College, Oxfordmarker, in 1572, dean of Christ Church in 1576, vice-chancellor of the university in 1579, dean of Durham in 1583, Bishop of Durham in 1595, and Archbishop of York in 1606.

In 1581 he had a controversy with the Jesuit Edmund Campion, and published at Oxford his arguments in 1638 under the title, Piissimi et eminentissimi viri Tobiae Matthew, archiepiscopi olim Eboracencis concio apologetica adversus Campianam. While in the north he was active in forcing the recusants to conform to the Church of England, preaching hundreds of sermons and carrying out thorough visitations.

During his later years he was to some extent in opposition to the administration of James I. He was exempted from attendance in the parliament of 1625 on the ground of age and infirmities. His wife, Frances, was the daughter of William Barlow, bishop of Chichester. His son, Tobie Matthew was an MP and later a convert to Catholicism.


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