Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900/Bisse, Thomas

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BISSE, THOMAS, D.D. (d. 1731), divine, was a younger brother of Dr. Philip Bisse, bishop of Hereford. He was educated at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he graduated B.A. in 1695, M.A. in 1698, B.D. in 1708, and D.D. in 1712. In 1715 he was chosen preacher at the Rolls Chapel, London, and in the following year, on the deprivation of John Harvey, M.A., a nonjuror, he was collated to the chancellorship of Hereford on the presentation of his brother the bishop. He was made prebendary of Colwall in the church of Hereford in 1731, and he also held the rectories of Cradley and Weston in Herefordshire. His death occurred on 22 April 1731. He was a frequent and an eloquent preacher, and several of his occasional sermons were published. Those of most permanent reputation are: 1. ‘The Beauty of Holiness in the Common Prayer, as set forth in four sermons preached at the Rolls Chapel,’ London, 1716, 8vo. 2. ‘A Rationale on Cathedral Worship or Choir-Service,' 1720; this and the preceding work have been frequently reprinted. A new edition of them in one volume appeared at Cambridge in 1842. 3. ‘Decency and Order in Public Worship recommended, in three discourses preached in the cathedral church of Hereford,' 1723. 4. ‘A Course of Sermons on the Lord’s Prayer, preach'd at the Rolls’ [Oxford ? 1740], 8vo; edited from the anthor’s manuscripts by his relative Thomas Bisse, M.A., chaplain of All Souls College, Oxford. He was also the author of ‘Microscopium,' a Latin poem, printed in ‘ Musarum Anglicanarum Analecta’ (London, 1721), i. 266-79.

There is a portrait of him, engraved by Vertne from a painting by T. Hill.

[Nichols’s Lit. Anecd. i. 120, 130, 139, 186, 193, 236, 328, 385, 392; Noble's Continuation of Granger. iii. 100; Gent. Mag. i. 174; Cat. of Oxford Graduates (1851), 62; Le Neve's Fasti (Hardy), i. 493, 499.]

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