John Sumner DD (1750-1772) was a great plural1st.
Born at New Windsor, Berks, 21 October 1705, he went in
due course to Eton where he held a scholarship, was
admitted Scholar of King's College, Cambridge, 15 August
1724, became Fellow 15 August 1727, BA 1728, MA 1732, and
DD 1744. In June 1728 he was appointed an assistant
master at Eton and Head Master 23 December 1745. While
holding this post he was made, June 1750, Rector of
Barwick, Canon of Windsor 1750-1 and Rector of Castleford,
In 1754 he resigned the Head mastership and on 18 October 1756 became Provost of King's College where he died 12 March 1772, in the 67th. year of his age, and was buried in the college chapel in the first vestry by the south door. The inscription over his grave records that besides being, at his death, Provost of the college, Canon of 'Windsor, Rector of Barwick and of Cast1eford, he was also Chaplain in Ordinary to the King. A few days before his death he was presented, March 3, 1772 by the Dean and Chapter of Windsor, to the Donative Curacy of St. Bennet Fincke, in the City of London.
Dr Sumner married a Miss Bell, daughter of a merchant living in Clapham, in Surrey; one aon , 'William Henry, died in 1759, aged 4, another, Humphrey, was Provost of King's, 1797 to 1814, and a third Robert, was in 1767 a Scholar of King's.