Barker, William Higgs (DNB00)

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BARKER, WILLIAM HIGGS (1744–1815), Hebraist, was of the same family as Samuel Barker [see Barker, Samuel], and son of George Barker, tailor, of Great Russell Street. He was admitted on the foundation of St. Paul's School 10 May 1756, aged twelve. He became Pauline Exhibitioner at Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1761, Perry Exhibitioner 1764–7, and took his degree of B.A. in 1765. He was also a fellow of Dulwich College, Surrey, and took holy orders. He was elected master of Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School at Carmarthen 22 July 1767, an office which he appears to have held for thirty years. He published a small work, entitled ‘Grammar of the Hebrew Language adapted to the use of schools, with Biblical examples,’ 1774, 8vo; and a ‘Hebrew and English Lexicon,’ 1812, 8vo.

[Nichols's Life of Bowyer; Gardiner's Reg. of St. Paul's School, 108, 402, 413; Spurrell's Carmarthen, p. 180; Blanch's Dulwich College, p. 118; Gent. Mag. xliv. 434; Addit. MS. 19209.]

J. M.