Copleston Edward, Dd
Copleston Edward, D.D., bishop of Llandaff and dean of St. Paul's, was born at Offwell, in Devonshire, of which parish his father was at once the patron and incumbent, Feb. 2, 1776. In 1791 he was elected to a scholarship at Corpus Christi, Oxford; in 1793 he obtained the chancellor's prize for a Latin poem; and in 1795 he was elected a fellow of Oriel College. In 1797 he was appointed college-tutor, though he had not then taken his degree of M.A. In 1802 he was elected professor of poetry to the University. He published in 1813 the substance of the lectures which he had delivered, under the title of Praelectiones Academicae, a work which gained him a high reputation for elegant Latin composition. In 1814 he was elected provost of Oriel College, and soon afterwards the degree of D.D. was conferred upon him by. diploma. His ablest work is An Inquiry into the Doctrine of Necessity and Predestination, with Notes and an Appendix on
the 17th Article of the Church of England (London, 1821, 8vo). Between the years 1811 and 1822 he contributed many articles to the Quarterly Review. In 1826 he was appointed dean of Chester, and in 1827 he succeeded Dr. Sumner in the bishopric of Llandaff and deanery of St. Paul's. He died Oct. 14, 1849. Dr. Whately published, after Copleston's death, his Remains, with Reminiscences of his Life (8vo). See also W. J. Copleston, Memoirs of E. Copleston, with Selections from his Diary and Correspondence, etc. (London, 1851, 8vo). — English Cyclopaedia, s.v.; North British Review, Feb. 1852; English Review, 16:243.