an English political writer. Garbrand was born at Abingdon, Berkshire. John became a commoner of New Inn Hall, Oxford, in Midsummer term 1664, and proceeded B.A. on 28 Jan. 1667. He was afterwards called to the bar at the Inner Temple. He wrote: 1. ‘The grand Inquest; or a full and perfect Answer to several Reasons by which it is pretended his Royal Highness the Duke of York may be proved to be a Roman Catholic,’ 4to, London (1682?). 2. ‘The Royal Favourite cleared,’ &c., 4to, London, 1682. 3. ‘Clarior è Tenebris; or a Justification of two Books, the one printed under the Title of “The grand Inquest,” &c.; the other under the Title of “The Royal Favourite cleared,”’ &c., 4to, London, 1683. ‘By the writing of which books,’ says Wood, ‘and his endeavours in them to clear the Duke of York from being a papist, he lost his practice, and could get nothing by it.’
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