1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Cunningham

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 516.



JOHN CUNNINGHAM was the son of a wine-cooper in Dublin. Having written a farce, called Love in a Mist, at the age of seventeen, he came to Britain as a strolling actor, and was for a long time a performer in Digges's company in Edinburgh, and for many years made his residence at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He died at that place, in the house of a benevolent printer, whose hospitality had for some time supported him.