Abel Evans (1679–1737) was an English clergyman, academic, and poet, a self-conscious follower of John Milton.
He was son of Abel Evans of London, born in February 1679. He entered Merchant Taylors' School in 1685. He was elected probationary fellow of St. John's College, Oxford (1692), proceeded regularly to the degrees of B.A. (1696), M.A. (1699), B.D. (1705), D.D. (1711).
He entered holy orders in 1700, and held successively the incumbencies of Kirtlington, St. Giles, Oxford, and Great Stoughton, Huntingdonshire. For a short, time also he was chaplain to his college. He was removed, according to Thomas Hearne, because, in a speech made publicly in the hall of St. John's, he reflected upon William Delaune, the President, and most of the Fellows. The Duchess of Marlborough supported him, and he was reinstated in his office.
Turning on former friends, he published (1710) a poem entitled The Apparition; a dialogue betwixt the Devil and a Doctor concerning the rights of the Christian Church, in which Matthew Tindal and White Kennett were roughly handled. In 1713 Evans published a poetical epistle to Jacob Bobart the Younger, entitled Vertumnus. Præ-existence (1714) was in Milton's style.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Evans, Abel". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
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