William Shenstone, an ingenious poet, was born at Hales-Owen, in Shropshire, in 1714, and educated at Oxford. His works consist of songs, elegies, pastorals, a poem in Spencer's manner, called the Schoolmistress, letters, and miscellaneous essays were printed by Dodsley, in three vols. 8vo. His pastoral elegies possess a softness and smoothness of diction in the highest degree pleasing. His life was passed in elegant retirement at his seat called the Leasowes, near Hales-Owen, and which he devoted his fortune to improving. He died Feb. 11, 1763. Besides his life by Dr. Johnson, a good account of Shenstone may be found in Dr. Nash's History of Worcestershire, vol. 1.