1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Bishop

Stephen Jones, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1812) 1:43.



SAMUEL BISHOP was of a respectable family in Dorsetshire, but was born in St. John's Street, London, Sept. 21, 1731. He was educated at Merchant Taylors' School, to which he was admitted June 6, 1743. On the 11th of June 1750, he was elected to St. John's College, Oxford, and admitted a fellow in June 1753. In 1754 he took the degree of B.A.; and in 1758 that of M.A. In the latter year he was elected under master of Merchant Taylors' School; and in January 1783 succeeded to the head mastership, in which station he continued until his death, Nov. 17, 1795. At one period of his life he employed himself in writing a tragedy for the stage, on some subject of English history; but relinquished the design before he made much progress in it. He also assisted Woodward in a piece called The Seasons; and was the author of The Fairy Benison. Int. 4to. 1796.