John Bampfylde studied at Winchester College under Joseph Warton, and afterwards at Trinity College Cambridge (1772), though he maintained Oxford connections. He retired to a cottage near Exeter, where he was an acquaintance of the composer William Jackson. In 1776 or 1777 he moved to London to pursue a legal career, where he fell disastrously in love with Mary Palmer, a niece of Joshua Reynolds. The upshot of the affair was that Bampfylde spent his later years in a private madhouse; he died 21 December 1797.
Sixteen sonnets. 1778.
Poems, ed. Roger Lonsdale. 1988.