Samuel Smith papers, 1786-1887
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Samuel Smith (1766-1841), son of Dr. Samuel Smith of Westminster, was educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford (B.A. 1786, M.A. 1789, B.D. 1797, D.D. 1808). The date and place of his ordination are untraced. From 1795 he held the perpetual curacy of Daventry (Northamptonshire); in addition from 1808 to 1829 and again from 1831 until his death he was rector of Dry Drayton (Cambridgeshire). Prebends at Southwell and York were bestowed upon him in 1800 and 1801 respecti...
At Durham degrees in music by examination were initiated in 1889. They were designed to meet the needs of professional musicians for a test of professional competence rather than an academic course. Whereas music degrees by examination at Oxford, Cambridge and London in the 19th century all required candidates to show competence also in other subjects such as classics and mathematics, Durham degrees demanded high musical ability but only general educational qualifications, and had no residential...