Samuel Wesley (1690 - 1739)

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Birthplace: London, Middlesex, , England
Death: Died in Tiverton, Devon, , England
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About Samuel Wesley

Samuel Wesley the Younger (10 February 1690 or 1691–6 November 1739) was a poet and a Church of England cleric.


Wesley was the eldest son of the cleric and poet Samuel Wesley and of Susanna Annesley Wesley. He was the brother of John Wesley and Charles Wesley. He was born in Spitalfields, London in either 1690 or 1691. He said he was 18 years old in 1711 and he wrote a letter in which he said he was born in 1690. His tombstone said he died in his 49th year, which would put his birth in 1691.

Education and career

Wesley was educated at Westminster School before entering Christ Church, Oxford in 1711 where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1715 and a M.A. in 1718. He was ordained and became head usher at Westminster School for 20 years from 1713 to 1733). After that he was master of Blundell's School, Tiverton, where he died after a short illness on 6 November 1739. He is buried in the Tiverton churchyard.


Wesley married Ursula Berry (died c1742), daughter of the Reverend John Berry, vicar of Walton, Norfolk. They had six children, four of whom died in infancy. Only a daughter survived them.


A high church Tory, Wesley was a friend of Bishop Francis Atterbury. He was never a Methodist.

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Samuel Wesley the Younger's Timeline

February 10, 1690
London, Middlesex, , England
Age 38
November 6, 1739
Age 49
Tiverton, Devon, , England