The son of the classical scholar James Upton, John Upton entered Exeter College Oxford in 1725 (Fellow 1728-37, B.A. 1730, M.A. 1732). He was chaplain to Lord Chancellor Talbot and held benefices in Somerset and Gloucestershire; he was prebendary of Rochester (1737-60). Upton contributed to John Jortin's Miscellaneous Observations upon Authors Ancient and Modern (1731), published his own Observations on Shakespeare (1746) and edited the Faerie Queene in 1758 (his annotated copy is in the British Library). He was a longtime friend and correspondent of James Harris of Malmsbury.
1747A New Canto of Spenser's Fairy Queen.
1751A Letter concerning a new Edition of Spenser's Faerie Queene.
1758Preface to The Faerie Queen.
1758Proposals for printing a new Edition of Spenser's Fairy Queen.
Miscellaneous observations upon authors, ancient and modern, ed. John Jortin [contributor]. 2 vols, 1731-32.
Epicteti quae supersunt dissertationes ab Arriano collectae, recensuit notisque illustravit Joannes Uptonus. 1739.
Critical observations on Shakespeare. 1746; 1748.
A new canto of Spenser's Fairy Queen. 1747.
Remarks on three plays of Benjamin Jonson. 1749.
A letter concerning a new edition of Spenser's Faerie Queene, to Gilbert West. 1751.
Spenser's Faerie Queene: a new edition with a glossary, and notes explanatory and critical. 2 vols, 1758.
Notes on the Fairy Queen, ed. John G. Radcliffe. 2 vols, 1987.