William Sancroft (1617-1693), Archbishop of Canterbury and Master of Emmanuel College, was born at Fressingfield, Suffolk and was educated at the grammar school of Bury St Edmunds, and proceeded to graduate BA (1637) and MA (1641) from Emmanuel College, Cambridge. A Church of England loyalist and fervent supporter of Charles II, and later James II, he was appointed Master of Emmanuel College, dean of York, dean of St. Paul's, and Archbishop of Canterbury. When William of Orange expelled James II from the throne, Sancroft refused to transfer his allegiance to the new monarchy and was ultimately suspended and deprived of this position in 1690 with five bishops and approximately 400 clergy in England. He lived out his final days at Fressingfield.
In the hand of William Sandcroft. (fo. 6) note with autograph of Sancroft, 'Of two statutes, the restrayning Statute doth bind. If neither restrained, the latter doth bind.'; (fo. 6v) alphabetical list of contents; (fo. 8) address to University by Elizabeth I; (fo. 9) statutes of the University, 1570.
On fo. 1v there is a sale number '240', and on fo. 2 is the price 7s 6d. Presented by J. E. Foster or Trinity College, 1870.
Please cite as Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives, The 1570 Statutes of the University of Cambridge, and related material, MS Add.722