Milbourne, Luke

Milbourne, Luke an English divine, was born at Wroxhali, Warwickshire. He was educated at Pembroke Hall, Cambridge; after which he became rector of St. Ethelburga; London, and lecturer of Shoreditch in 1704. He died April 13, 1720. He published thirty-one single sermons between 1692 and 1720; several theological treatises, poems, etc.; and the following work, by which he is best known: Notes on Dryden's Virgil (Lond. 1698). Among Milbourne's theological works, we regard as the most important his Legacy to the Church of England (new ed. 1726,2 vols. 8vo), in which he vindicates her orders from the objections of Papists and Dissenters. This work. it is stated, was undertaken by the special command of archbishop Sancroft and Dr. Lloyd, bishop of Norwich. See Cooper, Biograph. Dict. page 806; Ellis, Hist. of Shoreditch; Malone's Dryden, 2:214; 4:633, 645; Johnson, Lives of the Poets, ed. Cunningham, 1:371 sq.; Allibone, Dict. of Authors, 2:1277.

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