Costard, George a learned clergyman of the Church of England, was born at Shrewsbury about 1710, and graduated A.M. at Wadham College, Oxford, in 1733. He became a tutor and fellow of his college, and afterwards vicar of Whitchurch, in Dorsetshire. His extensive learning recommended him to the notice of lord-chancellor Northington, who presented him to the vicarage of Twickenham, in Middlesex, in 1764, in which charge he continued until his death, January 10, 1782. Among his publications were, Observations Tending to Illustrate the Book of Job (1714), also Dissertationes Critico-Sacrae (Oxford, 1752). See Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.