Markland, Abraham (DNB00)


MARKLAND, ABRAHAM, D.D. (1645–1728), master of the hospital of St. Cross, near Winchester, second son of Michael Markland, druggist, was born in the parish of St. Dionis Backchurch, London, on 25 June 1645, and was admitted into Merchant Taylors' School in 1658 (Robinson, Register of Merchant Taylor School, i. 244). Thence he was elected to a scholarship at St. John's College, Oxford, in 1662. He graduated B.A. 8 May 1666, was elected a fellow of his college, and commenced M.A. 11 Feb. 1688-9. He was senior of the great Act celebrated 14 July 1669; and retiring afterwards into Hampshire, he 'followed the pleasant paths of poetry and humanity for a time' (Wood, Athenæ Oxon. ed. Bliss, iv. 710). Entering into holy orders, he became successively rector of Brixton, Isle of Wight, in 1674, of Easton, Hampshire, in 1677, and of Houghton, in the same county, in 1678 (Foster, Alumni Oxon. 1500-1714, iii. 971 ). On 3 July 1679 he was installed in a prebend of Winchester, and in 1684 he obtained the rectory of Meon Stoke, Hampshire. He was admitted B.D. and D.D. at Oxford in 1692. In August 1694 he was appointed master of the hospital of St. Cross, and he held that post till his death on 29 July 1728. By his first wife, Catharine, daughter of Edward Pitt of Strathfield Say, Dorset, he had one son, George, fellow of St. John's College, Oxford, who died in 1722, aged 44. By his second wife, Elizabeth he had also one son, Abraham, born 19 July 1705, who died an infant.

He was author of: 1. 'Poems on His Majesties Birth and Restauration; His Highness Prince Rupert's and His Grace the Duke of Albemarle's Naval Victories; the late Great Pestilence and Fire of London,' London, 1667, 4to. 2. 'A Sermon preached before the Court at Guildhall Chappell, 29 Oct. 1682,' London, 1683, 4to. 3. 'Pteryplegia: or the art of Shooting-flying,' a poem, London, 1727, 4to; Dublin,' 1727, 8vo; second edit. London, 1735, 8vo; third edit. London, 1767, 8vo. 4. 'Sermons preach'd at the Cathedral-Church of Winchester,' 2 vols. London, 1729, 8to (a posthumous publication).

[Nichols's Lit. Anecd. iv. 272, 657-9, vii. 249, viii. 504; Lowndes's Bibl. Man (Bohn),p. 1476; Hearne's Remarks and Collections (Doble), ii. 57; Le Neve's Fasti (Hardy), iii. 34; Cat. of Oxford Graduates; Watt's Bibl. Brit.; Foster's Alumni Oxon. 1500-1714.]

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