Thomas Sharp (priest)

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Thomas Sharp (1693–1758) was an English churchman, known as a biographer and theological writer, archdeacon of Northumberland from 1723.

The Archdeacon of Northumberland is a senior ecclesiastical officer within the Diocese of Newcastle. As such she or he is responsible for the disciplinary supervision of the clergy within the geographical area of the archdeaconry.


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Thomas Sharp.


A younger son of John Sharp, archbishop of York, he was born on 12 December 1693. At the age of 15 he was admitted to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1712, M.A. in 1716, and was elected to a fellowship. [1]

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Sharp became chaplain to Archbishop William Dawes, a prebendary of Southwell Minster, and a member of the Gentlemen's Society at Spalding. He was also prebendary of Wistow in York Minster (29 April 1719), appointed rector of Rothbury, Northumberland in 1720, and collated archdeacon of Northumberland on 27 February 1722/3. He was created D.D. at Cambridge in 1729. On 1 December 1732 he was installed in the tenth prebend of Durham Cathedral at Durham, and in 1755 he succeeded Thomas Mangey as official to the dean and chapter of the cathedral.

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Sharp died at Durham on 16 March 1758, and was buried at the west end of the cathedral in the chapel called the Galilee.


His main works were:

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A collected edition of Sharp's Works appeared in 1763; his correspondence with Mrs. Catherine Cockburn on moral virtue and moral obligation was published in 1743.


Sharp married, on 19 June 1722, Judith, daughter of Sir George Wheler (she died on 2 July 1757), and had fourteen children. Their eldest son, John Sharp, D.D., was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, became a prebendary of Durham, archdeacon of Northumberland, vicar of Hartborne, perpetual curate of Bamburgh, and senior trustee of the estates of Nathaniel Crewe, bishop of Durham; and died on 28 April 1792. Their ninth son was abolitionist Granville Sharp, and another son, William, was known as a surgeon.

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  4. Joseph Besse (1735). The protestant flail: or a defence (grounded upon scripture) of a letter to the clergy of Northumberland: in answer to a pamphlet intitl'd A vindication of Bishop Taylor, &c. Printed and sold by the assigns of J. Sowle. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
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  6. György Kalmár (1751). Mr. Bate's answer to Dr. Sharp's two dissertations answered:: being a vindication of the etymology and scripture-meaning of elohim and berith. Sold by W. Sandby in Fleet-street. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  7. Robert G. Ingram (2007). Religion, reform and modernity in the eighteenth century: Thomas Secker and the Church of England. Boydell Press. p. 98. ISBN   978-1-84383-348-2 . Retrieved 22 March 2012.
  8. Walter Hodges (1756). Strictures upon some passages in Dr. Sharp's Cherubim: To which is subjoin'd a short reply to certain reveiwers [sic], by way of postscript. By the author of Elihu, and the Christian plan. Printed at the Theatre, and sold by J. Fletcher, and E. Withers. Retrieved 22 March 2012.

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