Edwin Sandys Archbishop of York 572,1319
- Born: 1516 or 1519, Hawkshead Parish, Furnace Fells, Lancashire, England 572
- Marriage (1): Cecily Wilsford on 19 Feb 1558-1559 572
- Died: 10 Jul 1588 at age 72 572
- Buried: Southwell Minister, Nottinghamshire, England 572
Noted events in his life were:
• Education, 1533, Cambridge. 572 Edwin was educated at St. Johns College, Cambridge University where he matriculated in 1533.
• Offices, 1547-1588, England and the Continent. 572 In 1547 he was master of Catharine Hall. He was named Rector of the University in 1542, Master of St. Catherine's Hall in 1547, and was Vice Chancellor of the Cambridge when Edward VI died in 1553.
Edwin supported the cause of Lady Jane Gray. Upon the death of Edward VI, Edwin took a stand on the side of
Protestantism, preaching a sermon before the University and the Duke of Northumberland which committed himpublically. The sermon was printed, Mary (a Catholic) was proclaimed Queen, and Sandys and was committed to the Tower of London on 25 July 1553. Finally obtaining release, he crossed to the Continent and joined the group of exiles who were to be the forerunners in England of the church puritans. At Zurich, to which he had gone following the death of his first wife and their only child at Strasbourg, he lived for a time in the house of Peter Martur.
After Elizabeth's accension in 1558 Edwin returned to England. He was made bishop of Worcester 21 December 1559 and in 1570 he was promoted to bishop of London. Edwin was consecrated the Archbishop of York on 8 March 1576/1577, in which office he was promient in the ecclesiastical and politcial disputes of his era.
Edwin married Cecily Wilsford on 19 Feb 1558-1559.572 (Cecily Wilsford died between 17 January 1610/1611 and 12 February 1610/1611. 572 and was buried in Woodham Ferras, Essex Co., England 572.)