Joseph Clarke (priest)

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Joseph Clarke (died 1749) was an English cleric and academic, known as a controversialist. He was particularly concerned to oppose followers of Samuel Clarke (no relation).[1]


The son of Joseph Clarke, D.D., rector of Long Ditton, Surrey, he was educated at Westminster School. He was then a student at Magdalene College, Cambridge,[2] under Thomas Johnson. He was elected a fellow of his college, proceeded to the degree of M.A., and died after a long illness on 30 December 1749. His funeral sermon, preached in the parish church of Long Ditton on 4 January 1751, by the Rev. Richard Wooddeson, M.A., master of the school at Kingston-on-Thames, was printed at London, in 1751.[3]


His works are:

  • Treatise of Space, 1733.
  • A Defence of the Athanasian Creed, as a preservative against Heresy.
  • A full and particular Reply to Mr. Chandler's Case of Subscription to Explanatory Articles of Faith, &c. 1749.

He also edited Daniel Waterland's Sermons on several important Subjects of Religion and Morality, 2 vols. Lond. 1742, 2nd ed. 1776.


  1. ^ Knud Haakonssen (2006). The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy. Cambridge University Press. p. 716. ISBN 978-0-521-86743-6. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  2. ^ "Clarke, Joseph (CLRK726J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  3. ^ Cooper 1887.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainCooper, Thompson (1887). "Clarke, Joseph (d.1749)". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 10. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 435.