William Jones, an English divine, born at Lowick, Northamptonshire, in 1726, died at Nayland in 1800. He was educated at the Charterhouse, and at University college, Oxford, and became successively vicar of Bethers-den (1764), rector of Pluckley, perpetual curate of Nayland (1776), and rector of Pasten and of Hollingbourn, the last three of which appointments he held at his death. He was eminent as a scholar and theologian, and proficient in music. His principal works are: " The Catholic Doctrine of the Trinity Proved" (1756); " Lectures on the Figurative Language of the Holy Scriptures" (1786, several times reprinted): " The Scholar Armed against the Errors of the Time," a compilation (2 vols., 1792); and a "Life of Bishop Horne" (1795). He also wrote treatises on music, composed anthems, and was the originator of the " British Critic." A collected edition of his works, with a biography by William Stevens, was published in 1801 (12 vols.; new ed., 6 vols., 1810). Two posthumous volumes of his sermons, edited by Henry Walker, appeared in 1830.