Samuel Knight (? 1678-1746), Canon of Ely and rector of Bluntisham, Hunts was born in London and educated at St Paul's School and Trinty College, Cambridge. He graduated BA during the year 1702-3, MA in 1706, and DD in 1717, and was later incorporated at Oxford in 1740. He was ordained priest in 1704 and held a number of church positions in East Anglia. He was a keen collector of manuscripts and antiquary and counted amongst his acquaintances many of the foremost antiquarian scholars of the age, including William Cole, Edmund Gibson, Thomas Tanner, White Kennett and Thomas Baker. He died in 1746.
Collections for a biographies of Robert Grosseteste, bishop of Lincoln; John Peckenham, archbishop of Canterbury; George Montaigne, archbishop of York; Lancelot Andrewes, bishop of Winchester; John Jewel, bishop of Salisbury; and John Overall, bishop of Norwich. The latter including 'Censure of a sermon ...' (see also Add. 80 ), 'Orationes et Scripta Joannis Overall', 'Praelectio D. D. Overalli' (see also Gg.1.29 ), and copies of letters exchanged between Overall, John Cosin, and Hugo Grotius, 1613-21. Collection also includes a biography of Robert Sanderson, bishop of Lincoln, tanscribed from Bodleian MS Wood F.8; a copy of Sanderson's 'Opinion and Practice of the Liturgy'; copy of Zachary Catlin's 'Life of Doctor [Richard] Sibbs' (wrongly transcribed 'Gibbs', published by J. E. B. Mayor in C. A. S. Communications, 1, p. 255. Knight occasionally used the backs of letters to compile these notes. The collection includes in this way letters from John Symonds, John Thorold, and John Sprint. There is also a note of the presentation of John Novell BD to the rectory of Northwold, 14 Sep. 1641.
After Knight's death in 1746, the MS. descended to John Percy Baumgartner of Milton, Cambs., who presented it to the Library in 1861.