1842 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Lipscomb

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine NS 18 (July 1842) 100-01.



May 25. At Brompton, near London, in the 88th year of his age, the Rev. William Lipscomb, A.M., Master of St. John's Hospital, Barnard's Castle, and late Rector of Welbury, Yorkshire.

He was the son of Mr. Thomas Lipscomb, surgeon, of Winchester, at which place he exercised his profession for more than half a century, and died at the advanced age of 91.

Mr. William Lipscomb received his education in his native city, first under the Rev. Reynal Cotton, and afterwards at the college, under Dr. Burton and Dr. Warton. He was at the age of sixteen elected to a scholarship of Corpus Christi college, Oxford, where he continued until he had taken the degree of A.B., having previously obtained the Undergraduate's prize in the year 1772, for Verses on the Beneficial Effects of Inoculation (afterwards printed in a separate form, 8vo. 1793); and then became the tutor of the late Duke of Cleveland, with whom he resided chiefly at Raby Castle, in the county of Durham. He was presented by the Lord Chancellor Thurlow, in the year 1789, to the rectory of Welbury, in the North Riding of Yorkshire, on which he resided nearly thirty-five years, after having added considerably to the rectory house, under Gilbert's Act.

Mr. Lipscomb published, in 1784, Poems on Various Subjects, 4to.; in 1792, The Pardoner's Tale, from Chaucer, modernized; in 1794, The Case of the War considered, in a Letter to Henry Duncombe, esq. 8vo.; and in 1795, a second Letter to the same gentleman. In the latter year he completed an edition of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales modernized. He was also formerly a frequent contributor, both in verse and prose, to the Gentleman's Magazine. With a considerable share of talent, he possessed many sterling virtues, and evinced a high sense of principle during a long and trying life. His memory will ever be highly respected by all who knew him.

He married in 1780 Margaret, the second daughter of Francis Cooke, esq. of Gower-street, Cashier of the Navy; by whom he had a large family, then surviving him. His eldest son, Christopher, being the present and first Bishop of Jamaica.