Stephen Duck

Stephen Duck
Birth and death
1705 - 1756
Profession details
'Natural' Poet, Clergyman
Related place
Alistair Grant

Stephen Duck (1705? - 1756) 'natural' poet and clergyman. Duck came from a poor rural labouring background and became a celebrated poet, patronised by Queen Caroline. When the queen died he became Chaplain to Ligonier's (see Cobham Park) army in 1750, and the rector of Byfleet. One of his most famous poems is 'Caesar's Camp' set on St George's Hill:

'Prescient of future times, my mental eyes
See heroes, statesmen, peers and patriots rise;
Who round thy Camp shall noble structures raise,
And plant the paradise of latter days'

(Extract from 'Caesar's Camp')

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