Thomas Haweis

HAWEIS, Thomas. b. Truro, Cornwall, 1 January 1734; d. Bath, 11 February 1820. After school at Truro he was apprenticed to an apothecary and surgeon, but decided to become a clergyman. Then he had a curious academic career, beginning at Christ Church, Oxford, matriculating at Christ’s College, Cambridge (1755), and then moving to Magdalen Hall, Oxford. He also claimed an MD from a Scottish university. He took Holy Orders (deacon, 1757, priest 1758), and became curate of St Mary Magdalen, Oxford, but was ‘removed for Methodist sympathies’ (Alumni Cantabrigiensis). He was assistant to Martin Madan* at the Lock Hospital (see London hospitals and their hymns*), where he would have had...

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