When at Rochester he appointed William Laud as his chaplain and gave him several valuable preferments.
He shared to the full his fathers dislikc and distrust of the Puritans, and he supported with the whole weight of the crown the attempt of William Laud (q.v.), since 1633 archbishop of Canterbury, to enforce conformity to the ritual prescribed by the Prayer Book.
B orn at Reading in Berkshire, William Laud was the tenth son of a prosperous clothier.
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