William Adams was born at Shrewsbury on 17 August 1706 and died at Gloucester on 13 January 1789. He entered Pembroke College, Oxford in 1719, became an MA and Fellow in 1727, a tutor in 1737 and Master from 1775 until his death. He also held a number of lucrative church offices in plurality. He was incumbent of St Chad's, Shrewsbury from 1730 to 1755. He was a friend of Dr Samuel Johnson from 1728/9 until Johnson's death.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.