Walter Travers

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Walter Travers (1548?[1] – 1635) was an English Puritan theologian. He was at one time chaplain to William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, and tutor to his son Robert Cecil, 1st Earl of Salisbury.

He is remembered mostly as an opponent of the teaching of Richard Hooker. He was educated at the University of Cambridge, where he was admitted to Christ's College before migrating to Trinity,[2] and then travelled to Geneva to visit Theodore Beza. He was ordained by Thomas Cartwright in Antwerp, where in the late 1570s his work was favoured by the encouragement of Sir Francis Walsingham and Henry Killigrew (diplomat).[3] He was a lecturer at the Temple Church in London in 1581, until he was forbidden to preach by Archbishop Whitgift in March 1586.[4]

He was Provost of Trinity College Dublin from 1594 to 1598.[5]


  1. ^ Ford, Alan. "Travers, Walter". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/27673. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ "Travers, Walter (TRVS560W)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ A.F. Pearson, Thomas Cartwright and Elizabethan Puritanism 1535-1603 (Cambridge University Press 1966), pp. 180-82; see also K. L. Sprunger, Dutch Puritanism: A History of English and Scottish Churches of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (E.J. Brill, Leiden 1982), p. 19 etc.
  4. ^ S. J. Knox, Walter Travers: Paragon of Elizabethan Puritanism (Methuen 1962).
  5. ^ Walter Travers. Trinity College Website, Retrieved on 16 September 2009
Academic offices
Preceded by
Adam Loftus
Provost of Trinity College Dublin
Succeeded by
Henry Alvey