Thomas Birch, was born in the Parish of Clerkenwell, London, in the year 1705, of parents who were Friends, and was Usher in three Friends' Schools. After a time he quitted the Society, and in 1730 was ordained a Minister of the Church of England, soon after which he obtained the living of Ulting, in Essex. In 1735 he was elected a fellow of the Royal and Antiquarian Societies. He was presented to several church preferments, the last of which was the Rectory of Depden in Essex, which he held with the united rectories of St. Margaret Pattens and St. Gabriel, Fenchurch-street, London. His writings are numerous, but it does not seem desirable to notice many here. Of his various publications the principal was "The General Dictionary, historical and critical," in 10 vols. folio, the first of which was published in 1734, the last in 1741. Another of his works is,
The LIFE of the Most Reverend Dr. JOHN TILLOTSON, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury. Compiled chiefly from his Original Papers and Letters. By THOMAS BIRCH, D.D., Rector of the United Parishes of St. Margaret Pattens and St. Gabriel Fenchurch, and Secretary to the Royal Society. The 2ND EDITION, corrected and inlarged.
London: Printed for J. and R. Tonson and S. Draper, &c. 8vo. 1753.
Note. — This work contains "Some Account of WILLIAM PENN, with his letters to Dr. Tillotson against the imputation of being a Papist in disguise."
Thomas Birch also published a new edition of The Works of Tillotson in 3 vols. folio.
His death was occasioned by a fall from his horse, which happened the 9th of 1st month. 1766.