Fisher, John, Dd
Fisher, John, D.D.
an English prelate, was born in 1748. He received his early education at Peterbor ough and at St. Paul's School, London in 1766 was admitted. at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he took the degree of A.B. in 1770; in 1773 was elected a fellow of St. John's College, and in the same year proceeded A.M., in 1780 B.D., and in that year was appointed tutor to his royal highness prince Edward, afterwards duke of Kent. In 1781 he was nominated chaplain to the king, and appointed one of the deputy clerks of the closet; and in 1783 elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. In 1785, his attendance upon prince Edward ceasing upon his royal highness going to Germany to finish his education there, he went to Italy for his health; but was recalled from Naples in 1786, and appointed by the king a canon of Windsor; he resigned his canonry in 1803, on being promoted to the see of Exeter; at the end of the same year was appointed preceptor to the princess Charlotte of Wales; in 1807 translated to the see of Salisbury, which position he held until his death, May 8, 1825. Bishop Fisher was an accomplished scholar and a sound divine; but owing to the numerous duties which devolved upon him he had but little leisure to devote to literary pursuits. He published a number of sermons delivered by him on special occasions, which possess superior merit. See The (Lond.) Annual Register, 1825, page 247.