1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Beaumont

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 1:524.



JOHN BEAUMONT, Son of Francis Beaumont one of the Justices of the Common-Pleas in the reign of Qu. Elizabeth, was born of, and descended from, an ancient and noble Family of his name living at Gracedieu in Leicestershire, became a Gent. Com. (with his brethren Henry and Francis) in Broadgate's-hall in the beginning of Lent-term, an. 1596, aged 14, Whence, after he had spent about three years, he retired to one of the Inns of Court, and afterwards to his native Country, where taking to Wife one of the Family of Fortescue, was at length (in 1626) made a Baronet. The former part of his life he successfully employed in Poetry, and the latter he as happily bestowed on more serious and beneficial Studies: And had not death untimely cut him off in his middle age, he might have prov'd a Patriot, being accounted at the time of his death a Person of great knowledge, gravity, and worth. He hath written,

The Crown of Thorns, a Poem in 8 books.

Bosworth Field: A Poem. Lond. 1629, oct.

A taste of the variety of other Poems — Printed with the former Poem. He hath also made translations into English from Horace, Virgil, Lucan, Persius, Ausonius, Claudian, &c. All which were collected together, after the Author's Death, by his Son, Sir Joh. Beaumont, Bt. and were printed with the former Poems in 1629, being then usher'd into the World by the commendation-Poems of Tho. Nevill, Tho. Hawkins, Benj. Johnson, Mich. Drayton, Philip King, Son of the B. of London, &c. This Sir John Beaumont the Poet departed this mortal life in the Winter time, in sixteen hundred twenty and eight, and was buried in the Church at Gracedieu, leaving behind him a Son named John before-mention'd, who died without issue, another called Francis, afterwards a Jesuit, and a third named Thomas, who succeeded his Brother in the estate and honour.