Samuel Knight (1677-1746), 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.
Sermons apparently composed and preached by Samuel Knight.
From Samuel Knight DD, prebend of Ely and rector of Bluntisham, Hunts (d. 1746), the MS. descended to John Percy Baumgartner of Milton, Cambs., who presented it to the Library in 1861.