The son of a Middlesex clergyman and master of Merchant Taylors' School, Vicesimus Knox was born at Newington Green, Middlesex; he studied under his father and at St John's College (B.A. and Fellow 1775, M.A. 1779, D.D.). He married the daughter of bookseller at Tunbridge Wells, where he became a noted headmaster at Tunbridge School (1781-1812). Knox was Rector of Runwell and Ramsden Crays, Essex, and chaplain of Shipbourne, Kent. A popular essayist, he upheld traditional principles in an age of reform. The volumes of his Elegant Extracts were used as school readers for many years.
Essays moral and literary. 1778; 2 vols, 1779.
Liberal education, or a practical treatise. 1781.
Elegant extracts: or useful and entertaining passages in prose. 1784.
Winter evenings, or lucubrations on life and letters. 1788.
Elegant extracts. 2 vols, 1789.
Sermons, chiefly intended to promote faith, hope, and charity. 1792.
Personal nobility, or letters to a young nobleman on the conduct of his studies. 1793.
A narrative of transactions relative to a sermon. 1793.
The substance of a sermon, preached ... by ... Dr. Knox ... with an authentic account of the outrage committed upon that gentleman and his family. 1793.
Antipolemus [Erasmus, trans.] 1794.
Christian philosophy. 2 vols, 1795.
The spirit of despotism. 1795.
Considerations on the nature and necessity of the Lord's supper. 1799.
A sermon preached ... at a lecture preparatory to opening the chapel of the Philanthropic Society. 1807.
Elegant epistles. 1807.
Remarks on the tendency of certain clauses in a Bill now pending ... to degrade grammar schools. 1820.
The spirit of despotism. 1821.
The works ... with a biographical preface. 7 vols, 1824.