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SPARK , THOMAS ( 1655 - 1692 ), cleric and classical scholar ;

son of Archibald Spark , minister of Northop , Flints. Educated at Westminster School , he was in 1672 elected to a scholarship at Christ Church , Oxford , where he graduated B.A. 1676 , M.A. 1679 , B.D. 1687/8 , and D.D. 1691 . In 1682 he was chosen to deliver the first Bodley oration . He became chaplain to Sir George (afterwards lord ) Jeffreys (q.v.) , and in 1686 he was given the prebend of Offley in the cathedral of Lichfield . He was made rector of Ewhurst , Surrey , 1687/8 , and also of Hog's Norton , Leicestershire . In 1688 he was given a prebend in the cathedral of Rochester . In addition to Latin verses in the Musae Anglicanae and in the Oxford collection of commemorative verse in honour of Charles II , Spark published editions of the Historia Nova of Zosimus , 1679 , and of the extant works of Lactantius , 1684 . He d. 7 Sept. 1692 .

Sources:

  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and authorities therein cited.

Author:

John James Jones, M.A., (1892-1957), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959