Richard Jago

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  • Stephen Van-Hagen (Edge Hill University)

Richard Jago was born in 1715, the third son of a Warwickshire rector. Educated at Solihull School, here he met William Shenstone who would become one of the most celebrated poets of the mid-century period, and also a renowned landscape gardener. Shenstone and Jago went on to become lifelong friends. Jago studied further at University College, Oxford, before following his father into the church. He was appointed curate of Snitterfield (near Stratford) in 1737. In 1744 he married Dorothea Fancourt, with whom he had seven children (three sons and four daughters). He was given the livings of Harbury and Chesterton in 1746, before becoming vicar of Snitterfield in 1754, three years after Dorothea’s death. In 1771 he was given the …

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Van-Hagen, Stephen. "Richard Jago". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 October 2006
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