ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bevil Higgons

(1670-1735)


The son of Sir Thomas Higgons of Grewell, Hampshire (1624-91), Bevil Higgons was a member of a Jacobite family. He matriculated at St. John's College Oxford 1686 before being admitted to the Middle Temple in 1687 and entering Trinity Hall Cambridge as a fellow-commoner in 1688. He followed James II into exile in France, and was later arrested on a charge of conspiracy against William III (1696). Dryden published his verse in Third Part of Miscellany Poems (1693).


TEXT RECORDS:

1688On the Death of Mr. Waller.

PUBLICATIONS:

A comparison between the two stages. 1702.
The generous conqueror, or the timely discovery. A tragedy. 1702.
A poem on the Peace. 1713.
A short view of the English history, with reflections on the reigns of the kings to the Revolution of 1688. 1723, 1734.
Historical and critical remarks on Bishop Burnet's History of his own time. 1725, 1727.
A poem on nature, in imitation of Lucretius. 1736.
Character of the Lord Protector. 1743.