Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)
Philip Doddridge was born in London. His father, Daniel Doddridge, was a merchant, and his mother, considered to have been the greater influence on hm, the orphan daughter of the Rev. John Bauman, a Lutheran clergyman who had fled from Prague to escape religious persecution. In England, Rev. John Bowerman had held for some time the mastership of the grammar school at Kingston upon Thames. Before Philip could read, his mother began to teach him the history of the Old and New Testament from blue Dutch chimney-tiles.
In his youth, Philip Doddridge was educated first at a small school in London, and then, in 1712, at the grammar school at Kingston-upon-Thames where his grandfather had worked. In about 1715 he was moved to another private school at St Albans where he was much influenced by the Presbyterian minister, Samuel Clarke -not to be confused with the more eminent Anglican clergyman and philosopher Samuel Clarke.
- From Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition