Moore, John

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Bishop of Norwich
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John Moore was born in 1646, the eldest son of Thomas Moore, ironmonger of Market Harborough, and Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Wright, of Sutton juxta Broughton. He was educated at the Free School of Market Harborough and Clare College, Cambridge, where he was admitted Sizar in 1662, taking his B.A. 1666, Fellow of Clare College 1667, M.A. 1669, and D.D. 1681, Canon of Ely in 1677, and Bishop of Norwich in 1691. He was translated to Ely in 1707. He married twice, firstly, 22 May 1679, Rose, fifth daughter of Nevill Thomas Butler, of Barnwell Priory, Cambridge. She died 18 August 1689, and he married, secondly, Dorothy, daughter of William Barnes of Darlington, a widow. He had issue by both of his wives. During his lifetime he was a considerable benefactor of Clare College, being instrumental in building the College Library and giving books. His own library was famous throughout Europe, and at his death 31 July1714 he owned 29,000 printed books and 1,790 manuscripts. George I purchased it for six thousand guineas and presented it to Cambridge University Library where it forms the `Royal Library'.