William Holwell (1726 – 13 February 1798) was an English cleric and writer.
(1726–1798), divine, eldest son of William Holwell, esq., of Exeter, and Ann Blackall, daughter of Ofspring Blackall, was born in 1726, matriculated at Christ Church, Oxford, in December 1741, and graduated B.A. in 1745, M.A. in 1748, and B.D. in 1760. He was tutor to Lord Beauchamp (afterwards second Marquis of Hertford), and was elected proctor for 1758. He was presented to the vicarage of Thornbury in Gloucestershire by Christ Church in January 1762, was appointed prebendary of Exeter in 1776, and was at one time chaplain to George III. He died 13 Feb 1798.
- Selecti Dionysii Halicarnensis de priscis scriptoribus Tractatus græcè et latinè, 1766.
- The Beauties of Homer, selected from the Iliad, 1775.
- Extracts from Mr. Pope's translation, corresponding with the Beauties of Homer, 1776.
- A Mythological, Etymological, and Historical Dictionary, extracted from the Analysis of Ancient Mythology (with Jacob Bryant), 1793.
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: "Holwell, William". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900. The entry lists:
- Gent. Mag. 1798, lxviii. 259
- Exeter Cathedral Register
- Foster's Alumni Oxon.
- Oxford Catalogue of Graduates, and Honours Register;
- Horace Walpole Letters, vi. 107;
- Thomas Duffus Hardy (editor), John Le Neve, Fasti Ecclesiae Anglicanae
- Gloucester Dioc. Reg.
- Watt, Bibliotheca Britannica; Or, A General Index to British and Foreign Literature
- Nichols Lit. Anecd. iii. 743, confuses this William Holwell with a nephew, William Holwell Carr
- Gilbert, D. (1838) The Parochial History of Cornwall: Founded on the Manuscript Histories of Mr. Hals and Mr. Tonkin; with Additions and Various Appendices, vol. III, p. 171, London:J. B. Nicholls and Son
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