1729-1777

1729, Bourne, Lincolnshire, England.

June 1777, Tyburn, London, England.

St. Laurence Church, Cowley, Hillingdon, London.

Son of William Dodd, Vicar of Bourne, William the younger was educated at Clare College, Cambridge (1746-49, BA 1750, MA 1759, LLD 1766). He was ordained at Gonville and Caius College in 1752, and appointed Curate at All Saints’ Church in West Ham. He later lectured at West Hampstead and was a chaplain at Magdalen House (1758); chaplain to the king (1763-74); Prebendary of Brecon, Worcestershire (1763); Rector of Hockliffe and Chalgrave, Bedfordshire (1772); and Vicar of Wing, Buckinghamshire (1775-77). A popular preacher, Dodd edited the Christians Magazine in the 1760s, and tutored the son of the earl of Chesterfield.

Dodd was known for living beyond his means, and was nicknamed the Macaroni Parson due to his colorful attire and profligate ways. In February 1777, desperate to pay off creditors, Dodd forged a former student’s name to a £4200 letter of credit. He was convicted in a famous trial, and despite attempts by Samuel Johnson to win clemency, was hanged at Tyburn. Dodd’s works include:

  1. Grateful Notes and Numbers Bring
  2. Holy, Holy, Holy Lord