Lemuel Abbott

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Lemuel Abbott (ca. 1730 – April 1776) was an English clergyman and poet.


Little is known of his background, but he was a curate in Anstey, Leicestershire, and vicar of Thornton. He is known to posterity primarily for his collection of poems titled Poems on Various Subjects, whereto is Prefixed a Short Essay on the Structure of English Verse, published in 1765. Abbott and his wife Mary were probably the parents of the artist Lemuel Francis Abbott.


  • Richard Allen (1866) Allen's Illustrated Hand-Book and Guide to all the Places of Interest in Nottingham and its Environs, Richard Allen & Son, p. 79
  • Thompson Cooper, "Abbott, Lemuel (d. 1776)", rev. Michael Bevan, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 (http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/20, accessed 21 March 2007)