John Clarke was born at Norwich and died at Salisbury on 10 February 1757. He was the brother of Samuel Clarke and the father of John Clarke, Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, with whom he has often been confused. John Clarke senior entered Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge as a Pensioner in 1700 (BA, 1703; MA, 1707; DD, 1717). He was ordained priest in 1706, subsequently becoming curate of St George, Tombland, Norwich, prebendary of Norwich and Canterbury Cathedrals and chaplain to the King. From 1728 until his death he was Dean of Salisbury.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.