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The Tudor Society

January 9 – Clement Adams

On this day in Tudor history, 9th January 1587, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Clement Adams died. He was laid to rest at St. Alphege Church, Greenwich

The Warwickshire schoolmaster and map engraver was about sixty-eight at his death, having been born in around 1519.

Adams, who was educated at Eton and then King's College, Cambridge, is known for his re-engraving and re-working of Sebastian Cabot's World Chart, which he did in 1549. Adams' chart was responsible for England focusing on the Northeast passage, rather than the Northwest passage. Adams was rewarded for his efforts by being given a life appointment as schoolmaster to the king's henchmen, the young men close to King Edward VI at court. He also taught Queen Mary I's henchmen.

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January 9 – Clement Adams