Sutcliffe, Matthew, 1550 - 1629

Matthew Sutcliffe was the son of John Sutcliffe and Margret Owlsworth of Melroyd, Halifax, England, who became a noted academic and clergyman. He graduated Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A., 1751, M.A. 1574), was appointed lecturer in mathematics (1579), and attained an LL.D. two years later.  He served as Dean of Exeter from 1588-1629.   Sutcliffe was a member of the Council for Virginia in 1607 and the Council for New England in 1620 and invested in the Plymouth Adventurer’s Colony.  He also shared an interest in a ship, the Great Neptune, with his fellow Council for New England member, Barnabe Gooch.  ODNB