ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John F. M. Dovaston

(1782-1854)


John Freeman Milward Dovaston, was the son of John Dovaston, one of William Shenstone's close friends. The poet, friend of John Hamilton Reynolds, studied at Christ Church Oxford (B.A. 1804, M.A. 1807) and the Inner Temple (1807). Dovaston inherited the family estates at West Felton, near Shrewsbury, where he practiced law and studied old literature. With Reynolds he contributed to the short-lived periodical, The Inquirer (1814).


TEXT RECORDS:

1813Written on the Night of my Birthday.
1814[Spenserian Sonnets.]
1825Monody. Oswestry School.
1825Sonnets.

PUBLICATIONS:

Rhymes [with O. G. Gilchrist and W. Gifford]. 1805.
Old Nick; or the birth of Briedden: being a Pindaric grin for the convivials of Breidden-hill. 1811.
Fitz-Gwarine, a ballad of the Welsh border. 1812.
Cambrian and Salopian minstrel [with others]. 1823?
The dove: scraps of poetry, ed. Dovaston. 1823?
Poems, legendary, incidental and humourous. 1825.
Lectures on natural history and national melody. 1839.
Bewick to Dovaston: letters 1824-28, ed. G. Williams. 1968.
Letters from Lambeth, ed. J. Reynolds. 1981.