Rev. Samuel Glasse (1734 - 1812)


Samuel Glasse was born 18 June 1734 at Purton Rectory, Wilts., to Elizabeth wife of the Rev. Richard Glasse. Details of his life are available from the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (accessible via Surrey Libraries website).

As outlined in accompanying pieces about fellow "Hutchinsonians", Rev. John Parkhurst and Rev. Jonathan Boucher, he was a member of a group of high-church Anglicans who exhibited a strong mutual regard as indicated by the following extract, apparently composed in Glasse's lifetime, from The Works of the Right Reverend George Horne: -
"Mr. Samuel Glasse, a student of Christ-church, who had the repute he merited of being one of the best scholars from Westminster school, was another of Mr. Horne's intimate friends, and continued to love and admire him through the whole course of his life. The world need not be told what Dr. Glasse has been doing since he left the University, as a divine, as a magistrate, and as a teacher and tutor of the first eminence; of whose useful labours, the Gospel, the law, the church, the bar, the schools of learning, the rich and the poor, have long felt and confessed the benefit; and may they long continue so to do! although it may be said, without any suspicion of flattery, in the words of the poet - non deficit alter aureus [quoting Virgil, "another, bright and golden as the first"] - a son, whose learning, abilities, and good principles, have already entitled him to the thanks of his country, and will secure his fame with posterity .

This gentleman*, the son of Dr. G., distinguished himself very early in life by his uncommon proficiency in Hebrew literature, which procured him the favour of Dr. Kennicott, and a studentship of Christ-church. He has since acquired a great addition of fame as a classical scholar, by his elegant translation into Greek Iambics of Mason's Caractacus, and Milton's Samson Agonistes, adapted in form, and style, and manner, to the ancient Greek drama. And he has recently shewn himself an elegant English writer, as well as a pious and well-informed divine, by his publication of the Contemplations of Bishop Hall, in a form very much improved. He had prepared a dedication of that excellent work to bishop Horne [George Horne 1730 - 1792]: but the bishop dying: while the work was depending, an advertisement is prefixed which does great honour to his memory."
* Rev. George Henry Glasse, 1761 - 1809 who in fact pre-deceased his father, "coming to a tragic end in a London tavern". The DNB reports that "Samuel's marital details are unknown" but his marriage to Hannah Clutterbuck is recorded in the name of "Saml. Glass" at Eastington and Alkerton, Gloucester, on 28 July 1757 and confirmed by letters from Hannah Clutterbuck Glasse to her son held in Houghton Library, Harvard.
Samuel Glasse's direct connection to Epsom is limited to his appointment to the vicarage in 1782 that lasted only three years before being surrendered to his friend Jonathan Boucher. Glasse was a "pluralist" because he remained Rector of St Mary's, Hanwell, up to 1785 and the second parish is presumed to have been left in the care of a Curate. Glasse resigned his benefice at Hanwell in favour of his son before being inducted as Rector at Wanstead, Essex, during 1786 and remaining in that office fo the rest of his life. Mrs Glasse, wife of Rev. Dr Glasse, died on 17 September1811,"after an illness of only a few minutes..., whose uniform course of piety and universal benevolence proved the best preparation for that stroke which suddenly carried her from the trials of the present world to the enjoyment of heavenly bliss". He survived her until 27 April 1812 when he passed away at 10 Sackville Street that had been the family's London house from 1803.

Glasse had continued to be a close friend of Jonathan Boucher and would have visited him often at Epsom during the 19 years that the latter stayed in charge of the parish. They were both members of "Nobody's Friends", a high-church dining club founded by William Stevens (who used "Nobody" as a nom de plume) in 1800.

Glasse also appears to have been nominated a Trustee under the will of Rev. John Parkhurst [16 January 1793 with codicils 24 October 1793 & 7 January 1795] because he may be found as party to a conveyance of Epsom Court alias Court Lodge "with the demesne lands of Epsom Manor and the rectory (sic) of Epsom" on 22 May 1806.


Brian Bouchard © 2009
Member of Leatherhead and District Local History Society



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