Milles, Jeremiah, Dd
Milles, Jeremiah, D.D.
a celebrated English divine and antiquary, was born in 1714, and received his preparatory education at Eton. He studied at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and took the degree of M.A. in 1735, and that of D.D. in 1747. His uncle, Dr. Thomas Milles, bishop of Waterford and Lismore, collated him to a prebend in the cathedral of Waterford, and presented him to a living near that city. In 1762 Dr. Milles was nominated to the deanery of Exeter, and in 1767 he was chosen president of the Society of Antiquaries. He died February 13, 1784. In the "Archaeologia" are several communications by him, particularly one entitled Observations on the Wardrobe Account of the Year 1483, wherein are contained the deliveries made for the coronation of king Richard III; and another (Archaol. 4:331 sq.) in which he denies the genuineness of the Apamseanmedal. In connection with Pococke (q.v.), he edited Inscriptiones Antiuce (1752).
He also published some of his sermons. Dr. Milles is, however, best known in the literary world by his edition in defence of the antiquity of the "Poems of Rowlay." See Chambers, Cyclopaedia, s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, 2:1288.