1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Huggins

Isaac Reed, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1782) 1:483.



WILLIAM HUGGINS. Was the son of John Huggins, esq; Warden of the Fleet. Being intended for Holy orders, he was sent to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he took the degree of M.A. April 30, 1719. It is probable he did not long persevere in his intention of entering into the church; as on the 27th of October 1721, he was appointed wardrobe-keeper and keeper of the private-lodgings at Hampton-Court; and on the death of his elder brother, it may be presumed, he totally laid aside every idea of following the clerical profession. He translated and published an edition of Ariosto, in two quarto volumes, which he afterwards caused to be destroyed. He also left in MS. at the time of his death, July 2, 1761, a Tragedy, a Farce, and a translation of Dante, of which a specimen was published in The British Magazine, 1760. He was author of

Judith. Orat. 8vo. 1732.