Edward Spry

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Born: unknown (fl. 1754-1774)

Died: unknown (before October 1796)


Edward Spry was an English physician, born at Plymouth. He provided a text Inspired by fire prophetic, Isaiah said, set to music by William Bennett and published in Bennett's A New Set of Psalm Tunes and Anthems, Exeter: [c1770], to which Spry was also a subscriber. At that time, Spry was resident in Totnes.

He was admitted a Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians of London on 9 November 1767, and is the subject of a short biography in William Munk's The Roll of the Royal College of Physicians of London (vol. 2, 1878: pp281-283). Munk describes Spry's graduation as MA and MD at Leiden in 1768 before commenting that 'Dr. Spry commenced his career as a physician at Totnes, where he practised for three or four years with considerable success', before being admitted a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Edinburgh on 3 May 1774, and returning to Devon to work in Plymouth. Munk writes that 'Dr. Spry was a good linguist. He wrote Latin with great facility and elegance; his knowledge of Greek was considerable, and he read Hebrew and Arabic. To these he added an acquaintance with French and German. In his exercise at Leyden for his doctor’s degree, are numerous quotations in all these languages. Those in Hebrew and Arabic occur, indeed, with a frequency that savours somewhat of ostentatious display'.

Musical settings of literary works

Settings of text by Edward Spry


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