Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Dugard, Samuel

DUGARD, SAMUEL (1645?–1697), divine, son of Thomas Dugard, M.A., rector of Barford, Warwickshire, by Anne his wife, was born at Warwick in or about 1645, his father being at the time head-master of the grammar school of that town. At the beginning of 1661, when about sixteen years of age, he entered Trinity College, Oxford, as a commoner, but was admitted a scholar on 30 May 1662, and graduated B.A. on 20 Oct. 1664. Then taking orders, he was elected to a fellowship in June 1667, proceeding M.A. on the following 31 Oct. He subsequently became rector of Forton, Staffordshire, and on 2 Jan. 1696–7 was collated to the prebend of Pipa Minor alias Prees in Lichfield. He died at Forton in the spring of the same year. He left a family of five sons and five daughters. He published: 1. ‘The True Nature of the Divine Law, and of Disobedience thereunto; in Nine Discourses, tending to show, in the one a Loveliness, in the other a Deformity, by way of Dialogue between Theophilus and Eubulus,’ 8vo, London, 1687. 2. ‘A Discourse concerning many Children, in which the Prejudices against a numerous Offspring are removed, and the Objections answered, in a Letter to a Friend,’ 8vo, London, 1695. Wood also ascribes to him ‘The Marriages of Cousin Germans vindicated from the Censures of Unlawfulnesse and Inexpediency. Being a Letter written to his much Honour'd T. D.’ [without author's name], 8vo, Oxford, 1673, ‘mostly taken, as 'tis said, from Dr. Jer. Taylor's book called Ductor Dubitantium, &c.’ In November 1674 Dugard sent to Dr. Ralph Bathurst, vice-chancellor of Oxford, a ‘Relation concerning a strange Kind of Bleeding in a Little Child at Lilleshall in Shropshire,’ which was printed in the ‘Philosophical Transactions’ (ix. 193).

[Addit. MS. 23146; Wood's Athenæ Oxon. (Bliss), iv. 679; Wood's Fasti (Bliss), ii. 277, 298; Dugdale's Warwickshire (Thomas), pp. 488–489; Le Neve's Fasti (Hardy), i. 619.]

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