Samuel Bishop was born in London and educated at Merchant Taylors' School and at St. John's College Oxford (B.A. 1754, Fellow 1753, M.A. 1758), where he was a student of Thomas Fry. He returned to Merchant Taylors' School to teach, where in 1783 he became a highly esteemed head master. Bishop was Rector of Ditton, Kent, and St. Martin Outwich, London (1789). His posthumously published Poems (1796) was much admired and several times reprinted.
Ode honorablis ad S. Poyntz. 1750.
An ode to the Earl of Lincoln on the Duke of Newcastle's retirement. 1762.
Feriae poeticae: sive carmina anglicana elegiaci plerumque argumenti latine reditta. 1766.
A sermon preached on the anniversary of Mr. Henry Raine's charity. 1783.
The fairy benison. 1796.
The poetical works, to which are prefixed memoirs by Thomas Clare. 2 vols, 1796.
Sermons chiefly upon practical subjects. 1798.
Select poems, in Works of the British Poets, ed. Ezekiel Sanford vol. 37. 1819.