- Richard P. Gildrie
Higginson, Francis (1586–06 August 1630), Puritan writer and clergyman, was born in Claybrooke, Leicestershire, England, the son of Rev. John Higginson and Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). Baptized on 6 August 1586, he earned a B.A. from Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1610 and his M.A. in 1613. He was ordained a deacon on 26 September 1614 and then a priest of the Church of England on 8 December by the archbishop of York. Conferred the rector of Barton-in-Fabis, Nottinghamshire, he was instituted 20 April 1615 but apparently never formally inducted. Instead, he settled in Claybrooke, probably as curate to his father. He married Anna Herbert at St. Peter’s, Nottingham, on 8 January 1616. The couple had nine children, all of whom survived infancy....