Sir John Beaumont — the older brother of the dramatist Francis Beaumont — attended Broadgates Hall (Pembroke College) Oxford and studied at the Inner Temple before marrying and inheriting the family estates in 1605; the following year he was in Newgate Prison, being declared a recusant. He lived most of his life in London, where he knew Ben Jonson, Michael Drayton, and Edmund Bolton; his poetry was admired by Alexander Pope, among others. Sir John, an ally of Buckingham, was made a baronet by James I in 1626; he was buried in Westminster Abbey the following year.
The metamorphosis of tobacco. 1602.
Bosworth Field, with a taste of the variety of other poems. 1629, 1710.
Poems, ed. A. B. Grosart. 1869.
The theatre of Apollo: an entertainment written by Sir John Beaumont in 1625, ed. W. W. Greg. 1925.
Shorter poems of Sir John Beaumont, ed. Roger D. Sell. 1974.