Stevens, John

Martin Murphy
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John Stevens, soldier, public servant, translator, hispanist, journalist, philologist, antiquary and historian, was the son of Richard Stevens, a retainer at the court in London of Queen Catherine of Braganza, and his Spanish wife. He owed his early advancement to Braganza patronage. It was probably one of the Queen’s chaplains who arranged for his education at the English Benedictine school at Douai in Flanders. After leaving school he served as an aide to Henry Hyde, the 2nd Earl of Clarendon, whom he accompanied to Dublin on the latter’s appointment as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. In 1687, recommended by Hyde as “an honest, sober young fellow, and a pretty scholar”, he entered government service as Receiver of Excise for the Welsh Marches, based at Welshpool. The invasion of…

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Citation: Murphy, Martin. "Stevens, John". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 September 2021 [, accessed 08 December 2023.]

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