Martin Joseph Routh

1755-1854. English patristic scholar. Most of his life he was associated with Magdalen College, Oxford, of which he became president in 1791, an office held until his death. He was made deacon in 1777, but not priested until 1810. Routh was a patristic scholar much revered by the Tractarians.* When Samuel Seabury* sought episcopal succession for the American Church, Routh advised him to approach the Scottish Episcopal Church. Descended from a niece of Archbishop Laud, theologically he linked the outlook of the Nonjurors* and Caroline Divines with the Oxford Movement,* to which he gave support. He opposed the Hampden appointment, and also the censuring of Tract 90.