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LIFE OF A KENSIDE. 1
BY THE REV. ALEXANDER DICE.
MARK AKENSIDE2 was born at Newcastle-uponTyne, November 9th, 1721, and was baptized on the 30th of the same month by the minister of a meeting-house, which his parents used to frequent.s His father, Mark, was a respectable butcher. His mother's maiden name was Mary Lumsden. He was their second son. It is said that in after-life he was ashamed of the lowness of his birth, which
i During the earlier years of his life, the poet spelt his name, both on the title-pages of his publications and in his letters, Akınsidle ; but at a later period he adopted the form Akensiele.
2 * Mark Akenside, born the 9th November, 1721; baptized ye 30th of the same month by the Rev. Mr. Benjamin Bennet.” – History of Newcastle, ii. 513, by Brand, who adds : " The above was communicated by Mr. Addison, glazier at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who married Dr. Akenside's sister, and is in possession of some drawings, which were the works of that ingenious poet in an early period of his life. Mr. Bennet was a dissenting minister at the new meeting-house in Hanover Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne."
8 According to the Biogr. Brit., Akenside's “parents and relations were in general of the Presbyterian persuasion."