7 Ekim 1573 günü Reading, Berkshire'da dünyaya gelir. Babası kumaşçı William Laud, annesi ise Lucy Webbe'dir. İlk eğitimini Reading'de aldıktan sonra [[Oxford]]'daki St. John Kolejine gider.
He was born at Reading, Berkshire on 7 October 1573, the only son of William Laud, a clothier, and Lucy, née Webbe, widow of John Robinson, another clothier of the town. He was educated at Reading grammar school, and went in 1589 to St John's College, Oxford, matriculating on 17 October. In 1593 he became a fellow of the college. He graduated B.A. in 1594, M.A. in 1598, and D.D. in 1608. As an undergraduate Laud had for his tutor John Buckeridge, who became president of St John's in 1605.
Laud was ordained deacon on 4 January 1601, and priest on 5 April in the same year. On 4 May 1603 he was one of the proctors for the year.
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