1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Upton

Alexander Chalmers, in General Biographical Dictionary (1812-17) 30:154.



JOHN UPTON, born in 1707, who, after receiving a classical education at his father's school at Taunton, was entered of Exeter college, Oxford, of which he was elected fellow in 1728, and proceeded M.A. in 1732. In the same year the celebrated critic Toup became his pupil, and during the whole of his residence in the university had no other tutor. In 1736 he vacated his fellowship. Having been tutor to the sons of lord chancellor Talbot, that nobleman gave him a prebend in the cathedral of Rochester; besides which he had the rectory of Sevington cum Dinnington, in Somersetshire, by the gift of the earl Powlett; afterwards the rectory of Great Rissington, in Gloucestershire, conferred upon him by earl Talbot, who, as just mentioned, had been one of his pupils; and lastly, he was also rector of the sinecure of Llandrillo, in Denbighshire, in the diocese of St. Asaph, given to him by the bishop. He never married, and died at Taunton, Dec. 9, 1760, in the fifty-third year of his age.