Born: 1698, Wareham, Dorsetshire, England.
Died: September 26, 1768, Poole, Dorsetshire, England.
Buried: Poole, Dorsetshire, England.
Knapp was the parish clerk at St. John’s Church in Poole for four decades.
Intra-congregational sniping is not a new phenomenon. This verse, by one H. Price, appeared in the London Magazine in 1742 (the George Savage referred to in the last line was the sexton at Knapp’s church).
From pounce and paper, ink and pen,
Save me, O Lord, I pray;
From Pope and Swift and such-like men,
And Cibber’s annual lay;
From doctors’ bills and lawyers’ fees,
From ague, gout, and trap;
And, what is ten times worse than these,
George Savage and Will Knapp.