Bowring, Sir John
- (1792-1872)Devonian author and statesman from a cloth trading, Unitarian family. He had a distinguished diplomatic career, was twice a member of Parliament, and was knighted in 1854. He was fluent, sources say, in over 20 languages and could speak many more. In 1822, caught by the French for carrying dispatches to the Portuguese ministers announcing the intended invasion of the peninsula, he was arrested, spent two weeks in prison and was condemned to perpetual exile from France. He became co-editor of the Westminster Review in 1825. In 1828 Bowring was appointed a commissioner for the reform of public accounts. He translated a vast amount of poetry and the folklore of almost every European country, and was a prolific hymn-writer. A sample of his poetic works includes: Matins and Vespers (1823, 4th ed. 1851). Hymns, 1825. Servian Popular Poetry, 1827. Some of his other poems/hymns: "Blessings of Instruction," "God is Love," "In the Cross of Christ I Glory," "Mourn Not as Those Without Hope," "Retirement," "The Beauties of Creation," "The Minstrel Harp of Poetry," "To a Mother on the Death of a Child," "Wednesday Evening."Sources: Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. Dictionary of Unitarian & Universalist Biography: Sir John Bowring (www.uua.org/uuhs/duub/articles/sirjohnbowring.html). Encyclopædia Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite DVD, 2006. English Poetry: Author Search. Chadwyck-Healey Ltd., 1995 (http://www.lib.utexas.edu:8080/search/epoetry/author.html). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The Home Book of Verse. Burton Egbert Stevenson, ed. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1953. The National Portrait Gallery (www.npg.org.uk).
British and Irish poets. A biographical dictionary. William Stewart. 2015.
Look at other dictionaries:
Bowring, Sir John — ▪ British diplomat born October 17, 1792, Exeter, Devonshire, England died November 23, 1872, Claremont, near Exeter English author and diplomat who was prominent in many spheres of mid Victorian public life. Bowring early became… … Universalium
Bowring, Sir John — (1792 1872) Linguist, writer, and traveller, was b. at Exeter. His talent for acquiring languages enabled him at last to say that he knew 200, and could speak 100. He was appointed editor of the Westminster Review in 1824; travelled in various … Short biographical dictionary of English literature
Sir John Bowring — Familia Una familia feliz no es sino un paraíso anticipado … Diccionario de citas
John Bowring — Sir John Bowring 4º. Gobernador de Hong Kong 13 de abril de 1854 – 9 de septiembre de 1859 … Wikipedia Español
John Bowring — John Bowring. Sir John Bowring KCB (* 17. Oktober 1792 in Exeter; † 23. November 1872 in Claremont bei Exeter) war ein britischer Staatsmann, Reisender, Schriftsteller und Polyglott … Deutsch Wikipedia
Bowring Treaty — ▪ United Kingdom Siam  (1855), agreement between Siam (Thailand) and Britain that achieved commercial and political aims that earlier British missions had failed to gain and opened up Siam to Western influence and trade. The… … Universalium
Bowring — is a surname, and may refer to*Charles R. Bowring (1840 1890) Newfoundland politician and merchant *Eva Bowring (1892 1985) Nebraska politician *John Bowring (1792 1872), an English political economist and writer, governed Hong Kong from 1854 to… … Wikipedia
John Bowring — en 1826 Sir John Bowring, (en chinois 寶寧 ou 包令) (17 octobre 1792 – 23 novembre 1872) était un homme politique et écrivain anglais. Sommaire 1 … Wikipédia en Français
Sir Robert Hart, 1st Baronet — GCMG (20 February, 1835 ndash; 20 September, 1911), born in 1835 in Armagh, Ireland was a British consular and customs official in China. Early lifeRobert Hart was born into a devout Methodist family in Dungannon Street, Portadown County Armagh,… … Wikipedia
Bowring — (spr. bauring), Sir John, engl. Staatsmann, nationalökonomischer Schriftsteller und Reisender, geb. 17. Okt. 1792 zu Exeter in Devonshire, gest. 23. Nov. 1872 in Claremont, erwarb sich auf ausgedehnten Reisen umfassende Kenntnisse der… … Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon