a lawyer and magistrate who devoted much of his life to music and literature. He was a friend of Dr Johnson, who made him an executor. Hawkins wrote a life (later overshadowed by Boswell's), published 1787: he also edited Johnson's works in 15 volumes, 1787–8. His scholarly General History of the Science and Practice of Music (5 vols, 1776) was seen as the rival of Dr Burney's history: these were the first two histories of music in England of their kind.
Subjects: Music — Literature.