Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Boucher, John (1777-1818)

BOUCHER, JOHN (1777–1818), divine, was born in 1777. He was entered at St. John's, Oxford; proceeded B.A. on 23 May 1799 (Cat. Grad. Oxon. p. 71); was elected fellow of Magdalen at the same time (Preface to his Sermons, p. 1); was admitted to holy orders in 1801 (ib. p. 5), and proceeded M.A. on 29 April 1802. At this time he became rector of Shaftesbury, and in 1804 vicar of Kirk Newton, near Wooler, Northumberland. He married and had several children. He preached not only in his own parish, but in the neighbouring district. One of his sermons was delivered at Berwick-on-Tweed in 1810, and another at Belford in 1816. He died on 12 Nov. 1818, at Kirk Newton. There is a tablet to his memory on the north wall of the church where he was buried (Wilson, Churches of Lindisfarne, p. 73). After his death a 12mo volume of his 'Sermons' was printed, dedicated to Shute Barrington, bishop of Durham. The volume reached a second edition in 1821.

[Preface to Sermons by the late Rev. John Boucher, M.A. pp. i, v, vi, vii; private information.]

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