Joseph Glanyil was an English philosopher who also wrote several works on occultism. He was born at Plymouth, and became a Church of England clergyman with charges at Frome Selwood and Streat and Walton. In 1666 he was appointed to the Abbey Church, Bath, was made a prebendary of Worcester Cathedral, and was chaplain in ordinary to Charles II. from 1672. In his scepsis Scientifica (1665), his Sorcerers and Sorcery (1666), and his Sadducimus Triumphatus (printed 1681) he endeavored to defend the supernatural, and offered many illustrations in support of it. A.G.H.