1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dr. Hugh Downman

Stephen Jones, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1812) 1:196-97.



HUGH DOWNMAN M.D. was the son of a gentleman of good fortune in the neighbourhood of Exeter. He was educated first at the public school of Exeter, from whence he removed to Jesus College, Cambridge, where he took the degree of M.A. He was designed for the church; and, if we are not misinformed, actually took orders, and performed the duties of a clergyman for a few years in his father's neighbourhood: but a disorder to which he was subject (afterwards proved to be a liver complaint) rendering any exertion of his voice painful and dangerous, he went to Edinburgh, and took his degrees in physic. He was the author of several poems, as, The Land of the Muses, Infancy, The Death Song of Logbrok, Poems sacred to Love and Beauty, &c.; and of three tragedies, viz. 1. Lucius Junius Brutus. H. P. 8vo. 1779. 2. Editha. T. 8vo. 1784. Printed at Exeter. Reprinted 1792. 3. Belisarius. T. 8vo. 1786, and 1792. Dr. Downman died at Exeter, Sept. 23, 1809.