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Samuel Purchas (bap. 1577, d. 1626) by unknown engraver, pubd 1624 © Copyright The British Museum


Purchas, Samuel (bap. 1577, d. 1626), geographical editor and compiler and Church of England clergyman, was baptized on 20 November 1577 at Thaxted, Essex, the sixth of the ten children of George Purcas (c.1549–1625), who was in the cloth trade, and his wife, ...