1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Mark Akenside

Isaac Reed, in Dodsley, Collection of Poems (1782) 6:1n.



Dr. Mark Akenside was born on the 9th of November, 1721, at Newcastle upon Tyne. His father Mark was a butcher of the Presbyterian Sect. He received the first part of his education at the grammar school of Newcastle, and was afterwards instructed by Mr. Wilson, who kept a private academy. Being intended for the office of a Dissenting minister, he was sent at the age of eighteen years to Edinburgh; but, altering his first design, he turned his application to the study of physick, which he afterwards continued at Leyden, where he took his degree of Doctor on the 16th of May, 1744. He first practised in his profession at Northampton, from whence he removed to Hampstead, and afterwards to London. He was chosen Fellow of the Royal Society; became a physician to St. Thomas's Hospital; was admitted by mandamus to the degree of Doctor of Physic in the university of Cambridge; and was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London. Upon the Settlement of the Queen's household he was appointed one of the physicians to her Majesty. He died of a putrid fever June 23, 1770, and was buried at the church of St. James, Westminster.