Biscoe, Richard (DNB00)

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BISCOE, RICHARD (d. 1748), divine, was educated at an academy kept by Dr. Benion at Shrewsbury, and on 19 Dec. 1716 was made a dissenting minister at a meeting-house in the Old Jewry. In 1727 he conformed and was made rector of St. Martin Outwich, in the city of London. He also held the living of Northwald, near Epping, and was a minor canon of St. Pauls and a chaplain to George II. He died in May 1748. He delivered the Boyle lectures in 1736, 1737, and 1738, and in 1742 published in two volumes the substance of his prelections under the title ‘History ofthe Acts of the Holy Apostles confirmed from other authors; and considered as full evidence of the truth of christianity, with a prefatory discourse on the nature of that evidence.' The work is highly eulogised by Dr. Doddridge as showing ‘in the most convincing manner how incontestably the Acts of the Apostles demonstrate the truth of christianity.' It was reprinted in 1829 and 1840. A German translation was published at Magdeburg in 1751. He was also the author of ‘Remarks on a Book lately published entitled “A Plain Account of the Nature and End of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper,"’ 1735.

[London Magazine, xvii. (1748) 284; Protestant Dissenters’ Magazine, vi. 306-7; Chalmers's Blog. Dict. v. 298; British Museum Catalogue]