1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bevil Higgons

John Nichols, in Select Collection of Poems with Notes Biographical and Historical (1780-82) 1:128-29.



A younger son of Sir Thomas Higgons (already mentioned, p. 42) by Bridget his second wife. At the age of 16, he became a commoner of St. John's College, Oxford, in Lent term 1686; and went afterwards to Cambridge. Wood enumerates five of his poems. He wrote some others; and was the author of a tragedy, intituled, The Generous Conqueror, or the Timely Discovery, acted at Drury Lane, and printed in 4to, 1702. See the prologue to this tragedy in Lord Lansdowne's Poems, p. 220. He was a steady adherent to the cause of the exiled family; and accompanied K. James into France, where he maintained his wit and good humour undepressed by his misfortunes. On the publication of Bishop Burnet's History of his own Times, he worte some strictures on it, in a volume, intituled, Historical and Critical Remarks; the second edition of which was printed in 8vo, 1727; and, in the same year, published A short View of the English History; with Reflections Political, Historical, Civil, Physical, and Moral; on the Reigns of the Kings; their Characters, and Manners; their Successions to the Throne, and all other remarkable Incidents to the Revolution 1688. Drawn from the Memoirs and MSS. By B. Higgons, of the Middle Temple, Esq — "These papers," he tells us in his Preface, "lay covered with dust 36 years, till every person concerned in the transactions mentioned was removed from the stage." He died the 1st of March, 1635.