Edmund Chilmead

Edmund Chilmead (1610 – 19 February 1654) was an English writer and translator, who produced both scholarly works and hack-writing. He is also known as a musician.[1]


He was born in 1610 at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire. [2] He studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he graduated M.A. in 1631. He became a chaplain (canon) of Christ Church, Oxford, in 1632, from where he was ejected in 1648.

Chilmead died on 19 February 1653-4 in London, and was buried in the churchyard of St Botolph's Aldersgate. [2]


He produced the editio princeps of the Chronographia of Malalas.[3] He translated:

and other works. He produced a catalogue of the Greek manuscripts in the Bodleian Library. He was a clerical defender of astrology,[7] in his translation of Gaffarel.

Anthony Wood described him as "a choice mathematician, a noted critic, and one that understood several tongues, especially the Greek, very well" (Wood, Ath. Oxon., 3.350–51)


  1. HOASM: Edmund Chilmead
  2. 1 2 Gibson 1887.
  3.  Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "John Malalas". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  4.  Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Tommaso Campanella". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  5. PDF, in French, p. 1; published in 1640 as Erotomania or a Treatise Discoursing of the Essence, Causes, Symptomes, Prognosticks, and Cure of Love, or Erotique Melancholy.
  6. Bibliographie Astrologique : Catalogue Alphabétique des Textes Astrologiques Français (C.A.T.A.F.) - par Jacques Halbronn
  7. Keith Thomas, Religion and the Decline of Magic (1971), p. 451 of Penguin edition.


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