1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. John Langhorne

Isaac Reed, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1782) 1:278.



JOHN LANGHORNE, D.D. Was born at Kirby Stephen in Westmorland. His father was the Rev. Joseph Langhorne, of Winston, who died when his son was young. After entering into holy orders, he became tutor to the sons of Mr. Cracroft, a Lincolnshire gentleman, whose daughter he married. This lady in a short time died, and the loss of her was very pathetically lamented by her husband in a monody, and by another gentleman, Mr. Cartwright, in a poem, entitled Constantia. Dr. Langhorne held the living of Blagden in Somersetshire, at the time of his death, which happened on the 1st of April 1779, and is imputed to his usual substitute for the Castalian fountain, rather too frequent draughts of Burton ale at the Peacock in Gray's-Inn-Lane.

He wrote one drama, called

The Fatal Prophecy. Dram. Poem. 12mo. 1766.