Samuel Knight (priest)

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Samuel Knight (1675–1746) was an English clergyman and antiquary.

Life[edit]

He was born in London the son of John Knight and attended St Paul's School, London and Trinity College, Cambridge (BA 1702, MA 1706), and received a Cambridge DD in 1706. He was ordained in 1704 and became chaplain to the Earl of Oxford. He was Rector of Borough Green, Cambridgeshire (1707-1746), Vicar of Chippenham, Cambridgeshire in 1707, Prebendary of Ely cathedral, (1714-1746) and Rector of Bluntisham, Huntingdonshire (1714-1746) .

He served as chaplain to King George II from 1730 to 1746 and as Archdeacon of Berkshire from 1735 to 1746. He was a prebendary of Lincoln from 1742 to 1746 .

Knight died on 9 December 1746 and was buried in Bluntisham Church. He had a son Samuel.

Works[edit]

Engraving of Erasmus, by George Vertue, from Knight's Life

He was a strong Protestant. In his biography of Erasmus, Knight argues, like many contemporary Protestants, that Erasmus was truly a Protestant at heart but did not fully express this during his lifetime. He focuses on Erasmus' friends in England and English universities.[citation needed] he also wrote a biography of John Colet.

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