John Hartcliffe was born near Henley-on-Thames and died at Windsor on 16 August 1712. He attended Eton, later matriculated at Magdalen College, Oxford and eventually found himself at King's College, Cambridge (BA, 1672; MA, 1676; DD, 1679), where he became a Fellow. He took up a post as headmaster at the Merchant Taylors’ School in 1681, where he remained for five years. In 1689 he was Provost of Eton. He later tried to become Provost of King's College but was unsuccessful. In 1691, he was made canon of Windsor, a post he held until his death. In 1707–1708 he was also vicar of Twickenham, Middlesex, a place with strong connections to Windsor.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.