1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Thompson

Isaac Reed, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1782) 1:446.



WILLIAM THOMPSON. Was second son of the Rev. Mr. — Thompson, thirty-two years vicar of Brough, in the county of Westmorland. He received his education at Queen's College, in the university of Oxford, where he afterwards became a fellow, and took the degree of M.A. the 26th of February 1738. In 1751, he was a candidate for the poetry professorship at Oxford, but did not succeed in his application. He was rector of South Weston and Hampton Pyle, in the county of Oxford. I have not been able to discover when he died. He wrote one play, called,

Gondibert and Birtha. T. 8vo. 1757. Printed in a volume of poems.