He was placed at Eton, and from thence was elected to King's college, Cambridge, where he took the degree of master of arts, and of doctor in divinity. From being an under master at Eton he finally rose to be provost of the college, in the year 1781. He was also chaplain to the king, and rector of Farnham Royal, in Buckinghamshire. In 1771 he published, in three parts, A Poetical Essay on the Attributes and Providence of the Deity. Two years afterwards, A Poetical Epistle to Christopher Anstey, on the English Poets, chiefly those who had written in blank verse; and in 1775, his poem of Judah Restored, a work of no common merit.