Robert LE GRICE, 17291790 (aged 61 years)

Robert /LE GRICE/
Given names
Birth 1729
Baptism July 19, 1729 (aged 0)

Death April 1, 1790 (aged 61 years)

Cemetery: St Peter Mancroft

Attended Caius College, Cambridge, becoming a Fellow in 1753. He was ordained Deacon at Ely in 1752, and Priest at Norwich in 1753. H e had the living of Helmingham and Morton on the Hill from 1753-1790, and also Felmingham from 1756 to 1790 when he died. his burial service was at St Peter Mancroft, Norwich


The Rev. Robert Le Grice, rector of this place, a very elegant Greek and Latin scholar, was born about the year 1730. He abounded in peculiar oddities, and unhappy infirmities, as well as in many excellencies. His father died when he was very young; and his fate, as to worldly matters, appears to have taken its colour from his early situation and education. His mother, a woman of great sense, but unhappy spirits, superintended his youthful studies. He went as a day scholar to Norwich free-school, which was at that time kept by a gentleman patronized by the then Blickling family, through whose interest he had obtained that school. In solitude and retirement, without a father to direct his steps, hard though irregular reading was the whole occupation of young Le Grice by day ; and, at night, he would steal out and spend hie midnight hours with some low associates, and in pursuits unworthy of his station. This was the manner in which he passed his early years. But, even in after life, when his connections were very few, so great was his wit and humour, and the learning he displayed at the social meetings of his friends, that, however prudent in themselves they might be, they could not be induced to separate themselves from him. He was admitted at Caius college, 1744; A. B., 1748; and A.M., 1752 ; was admitted a fellow of that society, 1753. After having been ordained deacon in that chapel, by bishop Grooch, 1752, he was ordained priest, by Bishop Hayter, September 23, 1753, and instituted by him to the rectory of Morton, in this county, on the presentation of Mrs. Catherine Helwys, whose niece his elder brother, Charles Le Grice, esq., had married, and by whom the estate of Morton, which was lately purchased by Thomas Ternch Berney, esq., came into his family. From the time of his induction to Morton he resided in Norwich, and applied himself so ardently to literary studies as to gain a thorough knowledge of the productions of most authors, both in the dead and living languages, the beauties of which few could more