John Oldmixon

John Oldmixon (1673 – July 9, 1742) was an English historian.

He was a son of John Oldmixon of Oldmixon, near Bridgwater in Somerset. His first writings were poetry and dramas, among them being "Amores Britannici; Epistles historical and gallant" (1703); and a tragedy, "The Governor of Cyprus". His earliest historical work was "The British Empire in America" (1708), followed by "The Secret History of Europe" (1712-1715); "Arcana Gallica, or the Secret History of France for the last Century" (1714); and other smaller writings.

More important, although very biased, are Oldmixon's works on English history. His "Critical history of England" (1724-1726) contains attacks on Edward Hyde, 1st Earl of Clarendon and a defence of Bishop Gilbert Burnet, and its publication led to a controversy between Dr Zachary Grey and the author, who replied to Grey in his "Clarendon and Whitlock compared" (1727). On the same lines he wrote his "History of England during the Reigns of the Royal House of Stuart" (1730). Herein he charged Francis Atterbury and other editors with tampering with the text of the "History". From his exile Atterbury replied to this charge in a "Vindication", and although Oldmixon continued the controversy it is practically certain that he was in the wrong.

He completed a continuous history of England by writing the "History of England during the Reigns of William and Mary, Anne and George I" (1735); and the "History of England during the Reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary and Elizabeth" (1739). Among his other writings are, "Memoirs of North Britain" (1715), "Essay on Criticism" (1728) and "Memoirs of the Press 1710-1740" (1742), which was only published after his death. Oldmixon had much to do with editing two periodicals, "The Muses Mercury" and "The Medley", and he often complained that his services were overlooked by the government.



Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Oldmixon — infobox UK place country = England official name= Oldmixon latitude= 51.3221 longitude= 2.9569 population= unitary england=North Somerset lieutenancy england= Somerset region= South West England constituency westminster= Weston super Mare post… …   Wikipedia

  • Oldmixon, John — (1673 1742)    Historical and miscellaneous writer, belonged to an old Somersetshire family, wrote some, now forgotten, dramas and poems which, along with an essay on criticism, in which he attacked Addison, Swift, and Pope, earned for him a… …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

  • Oldmixon, John — (?1673 1742)    Little is written about his life except that he was born at Bridgwater, Somerset, and died at his house in Great Pulteney Street, London. He was a poet, pamphleteer, and historian, and was disappointed at not being appointed poet… …   British and Irish poets

  • Weston-super-Mare — Oldmixon redirects here. For the writer, see John Oldmixon. Coordinates: 51°20′46″N 2°58′37″W / 51.346°N 2.977°W / 51.34 …   Wikipedia

  • Weston-super-Mare — Ciudad del Reino Unido Una vista de Weston super Mare …   Wikipedia Español

  • The Dunciad — Alexander Pope The Dunciad /ˈd …   Wikipedia

  • 1725 in literature — The year 1725 in literature involved some significant events and new books.Events*Émilie de Breteuil marries Marquis Florent Claude du Chastellet. *Death of Peter the Great of Russia. *Charles Killigrew dies, after 48 years in the office of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Fleetwood Sheppard — (sometimes spelled as Shepphard, Sheppheard, and Sheppeard ) (January 1, 1634 – August 25, 1698) was a British courtier and literary wit who was instrumental in the courts of Charles II of England and William of Orange. He was an educated man… …   Wikipedia

  • 1742 in literature — The year 1742 in literature involved some significant events and new books.Events* February 12 Robert Walpole, the most divisive prime minister for a century or more to come, resigned but was elevated to the peerage and moved into the English… …   Wikipedia

  • Edward Maria Wingfield — Captain Edward Maria Wingfield, sometimes hyphenated as Edward Maria Wingfield , (born 1550 in Stonely, Huntingdonshire (now Cambridgeshire), England; died in 1631) [Date of Birth Burial. Birth: 1550: E150/102, p.3 Exchequer Copy (English), Lists …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.