WILKINSON, Revd Joseph

c.1764 - 1831

Born at Carlisle and baptised in 1764, son of John Wilkinson, a London merchant who settled in Carlisle. Educated at Corpus Christi, Cambridge graduating B.A. in 1794 and ordained deacon in 1790 and priest in 1792 and took the curacy of Irthington, Cumbria also holding curacies in Sunderland and Lincoln, and was chaplain to the George Gordon, 9th Marquis of Huntly (1761-1853) who held lands in the Lake District. He married All Saints', Bolton, Cumberland in 1788, Mary Wood, daughter of Whitehaven metallurgist Charles Wood and niece to doctor and scientist William Brownrigg (1711-1800) and after the death of Brownrigg's wife Mary [Spedding} in 1794, Wilkinson and his wife went to live at Ormathwaite Hall. They were tenants until 1804 when Wilkinson took the living of the rectory of East and West Wretham, near Thetford, Norfolk and was also perpetual curate at Beccles in Suffolk. Wilkinson was a passionate amateur artist, and his slightly primitive sketches catch the isolation of Lakeland buildings, and the mystery of the mountains behind. In 1809, Wilkinson asked poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) if he or William Wordsworth (1770-1850) would introduce a volume of his Lake District views and Wordsworth agreed to write the copy, and 'Select Views in Cumberland, Westmoreland and Lancashire' appeared in 1810, he was also the author of 'The Architectural Remains...of Thetford' (1822). He died at Thetford, Norfolk on 21 October 1831, aged 67.






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