John Patrick (?1632-1695), Church of England clergyman and religious controversialist, was baptized on 19 April 1632 at Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, the second son of Henry Patrick (bap. 1596, d. 1665), mercer, and his wife, Mary Naylor (d. in or after 1665), of Nottinghamshire. Patrick matriculated from Queens' College, Cambridge, on 10 July 1647, graduated BA in 1651, and proceeded MA in 1654. He served as vicar of Battersea for his brother during 1662-71, and then became preacher at Charterhouse, London.
At Charterhouse Patrick began to publish his works, beginning with his Reflexions upon the Devotions of the Roman Church (1674). A Century of Select Psalms and Portions of the Psalms of David (1679) was for the use of Charterhouse, and ran to many subsequent editions. He also contributed to Plutarch's Morals Translated from the Greek by Several Hands (1684-94). On 30 June 1685 he was collated a canon of Peterborough. In 1687 he published Religion of Protestants a Safe Way to Salvation. Also in 1687 he published Transubstantiation No Doctrine of the Primitive Fathers, and in 1688 A Full View of the Doctrines and Practices of the Ancient Church, both of which works were part of the Anglican resistance to James II's religious policies.
On 28 July 1690 Patrick was collated precentor of Chichester. Presumably because of his publications defending the Church of England, Archbishop Tillotson made him DD by Lambeth decree in 1691. He died at Charterhouse on 19 December 1695.
Pieces include: John Patrick, 'Notae ex Bassonis Phistis collectae', 'Argumenta contra Scientiam medam ...', 'Ex Theophrasti Characteribus'; Thomas Fletman, 'Like a dog with a bottle fast ty'd to his tayle'; Abraham Cowley, The Thirsty Earth (first printed 1656); C. W., 'A brief Pistle'; Charles Sackville, earl of Dorset, 'Verses to Edward Howard'; doggerel couplet in Latin and English; list of documents and books presumably in the possession of Samuel Knight, 1716; catalogue of the books of Simon Patrick, bishop of Ely (d. 1707), with their prices (fos 92-65); Latin sermon on Cor. ii.6 in hand of Samuel Knight (fos 80-77v).
fo. 1v: list in Simon Patrick's hand of 'bookes lent', including one 'lent to Mr Hunt in August 1676'.
fo. 1: 'John Patricke', 'John Patrickes Booke May 21 1650 Pret. x'.
From Samuel Knight DD, prebend of Ely and rector of Bluntisham, Hunts (d. 1746), the MS. descended to John Percy Baumgartner of Milton, Cambs., who presented it to the Library in 1861.