1816 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Polwhele

Anonymous, in Biographical Dictionary of Living Authors (1816) 279.



REV. RICHARD POLWHELE, Vicar of Manaccan and of Anthony in Cornwall. He is descended from an ancient family, settled on an estate of the same name in that county. He was born in 1760, and received his education at Truro school, where he evinced his poetical genius in a way as to attract the notice of Dr. Wolcot, who gave him considerable assistance. In 1778, Mr. Polwhele was admitted a commoner of Christ Church, Oxford, where he became a student of civil law, but never took a degree. In 1782, he entered into orders, and shortly after settled on the curacy of Kenton, in Devonshire, where he projected the history of that county, in which work he received great encouragement; though the execution fell very far short of public expectation. In 1795, he was presented by the late Bishop Buller of Exeter, to the vicarage of Manaccan, in his native county, where he has continued ever since to reside, as a diligent parish priest, and an active magistrate. Mr. Polwhele was the cordial friend of the late eminent antiquary, Mr. John Whitaker, and to the friendship of that distinguished scholar he has been considerably indebted in his topographical and historical researches. He has been twice married, and has several children by both his wives; not are his literary progeny less numerous, as the following list will evince [list omitted].