After education at Westminster School, "Gentleman John" Burgoyne purchased a lieutenancy (1741) and eloped with the daughter of the early of Derby (1743). He was elected to Parliament for Midhurst (1761) and Preston (1768). Burgoyne was made major-general in 1772 and served in the American campaign where, outnumbered and ill-supplied, he surrendered at Saratoga in 1777. Afterwards he was commander-in-chief in Ireland and managed the impeachment of Warren Hastings. Burgoyne contributed satirical verse to the Rolliad and the Probationary Odes for the Laureateship.
The maid of the oaks. A new dramatic entertainment. 1774.
The substance of General Burgoyne's speeches. 1778.
A letter from General Burgoyne to his constituents upon his late resignation. 1778.
A state of the expedition from Canada. 1780.
A supplement to the state of the expedition from Canada. 1780.
The lord of the manor. 1781.
The heiress. 1786.
Richard Coeur de Lion: an historical romance [with Mrs. Sheridan]. 1786.
Dramatic and poetical works. 2 vols, 1808.
The orderly book of Lieut. General John Burgoyne from his entry in the State of New York to his surrender at Saratoga, ed. O'Callaghan. 1860.