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Dyer, John, 1699-1757

  • GB-2014-WSA-00067
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  • 1701-1757

DYER, JOHN, second son of Robert Dyer, Aberglasney, Carmarthenshire, solicitor, and Elizabeth Bennet; bapt. 28 Oct 1701; at school under Freind (Johnson, Lives of the Poets, ed. Hill, iii, 343); went into his father’s office, but soon abandoned law for art; an itinerant artist in South Wales; a pupil of the painter Jonathan Richardson; visited Italy to study painting 1724-5; ordained 1741; Rector of Catthorpe, Leics., 30 Apr 1742-51; Rector of Belchford, Lincs., 1751-5; Rector of Coningsby, Lincs., from 1752; Rector of Kirkby-on-Bain, Lincs., from 1755; LLB Cambridge 1752; FSA 1741; author, Grongar Hill, 1727, and other poems; m. 11 Apr 1738 (IGI) Sarah, widow of John Hawkins, and dau. of James Ensor, Wilnecote, Warwickshire (now Staffordshire); buried at Coningsby, Lincs. 15 Dec 1757. DNB.

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