George Abbot, archbishop of Canterbury, born at Guildford, Oct. 29, 1562, died at Croydon, Aug. 5, 1633. In 1597 he was appointed master of University college, Oxford, and was three times vice chancellor. In 1604, when by order of King James the translation of the Bible was commenced, Abbot was one of the eight divines to whom the whole of the New Testament except the Epistles was intrusted. In 1609 he was made bishop of Lichfield and Coventry; in January, 1610, bishop of London; in November following, archbishop of Canterbury. He steadfastly opposed King James's project of a divorce between Lady Frances Howard and the earl of Essex, and combated the royal decree permitting Sunday sports. Laud was his bitter enemy. While visiting Hampshire for the restoration of his health, he accidentally shot a gamekeeper with the arrow aimed at a deer; and this misfortune, which was made the subject of a judicial inquiry and a royal pardon, preyed on his health and spirits during the rest of his days.