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Thomas Birch
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Birth: 1705
Death: 1766

Historian and biographer, born at Clerkenwell in London to a Quaker family. In about 1726 he abndoned his Quaker roots for a calling in the Anglican church. The deaths at childbirth of his wife and son led to his poem‘On the Death of a Beloved Wife', published in the Whitehall Evening Post in 1729. Under the patronage of the later Lord Chancellor Hardwicke,he was granted the living of Ulting, Essex. Shortly after, he became one of the editors of 'General Dictionary, Historical and Critical', which led to his 1735 elections to the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries. His subsequent publications included 'The Works of Mr John Greaves', and collections of Milton and Thurloe. The patronage of Hardwicke continued, with Birch receiving the livings of Llandewi Felffre, St Michael Epsom and St Margaret Pattens, London. In 1759 he was elected president of Sion College. For his benefactor, he reported on court proceedings annd political debates. He also continued his writing, with publications on Elizabeth I and the Royal Society, the latter of which he served as Secretary. He was also elected a trustee of the newly-established British Museum. He never remarried, although he unsuccessfully pursued the author Elizabeth Carter. He died after suffering a stroke and falling from his horse, subsequently buried in the chancel of the London church of which he had the living. 
St Margaret Pattens Churchyard
City of London
Greater London, England
Plot: chancel
Created by: Mark McManus
Record added: May 17, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26881131


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