Born Edmund Neale, Smith took the name of his uncle and guardian. He studied at Westminster School and Christ Church Oxford (B.A. 1692, M.A. 1696), where he was a college friend of Joseph Addison and John Philips. After being expelled in 1705 for lampooning Dean Henry Aldrich, Smith became a captain in the army. Known as "Captain Rag" for the slovenliness of his dress, he led a dissolute life and died young.
Phaedra and Hippolitus. A tragedy [Racine, trans.] 1707.
A poem on the death of Mr. John Philips. 1710?
Oratio ... in laudem T. Bodleii. 1711.
Thales; a monody, sacred to the memory of Dr. Pococke. In imitation of Spenser. 1750.