JOHN CLARE (son of Parker Clare of Helpstone near Stamford, labourer). b. Helpstone 13 July 1793; cottage farmer at Helpstone 1827-32, at Northborough 1832-7; confined at High Beech private lunatic asylum, Epping Forest 1837-41, at county asylum, Northampton 1841 to death; author of Poems descriptive of rural life and scenery 1821; The village minstrel and other poems 2 vols. 1821; The rural muse 1835. d. Northampton asylum 20 May 1864. bur. Helpstone 25 May. F. Martin's Life of J. Clare 1865; J. L. Cherry's Life of J. Clare 1873; M. R. Mitford's Recollections of a literary life (1859) 103-14; J. Clare's Village Minstrel vol. 1 (1821), portrait.