John Hughes was born on 29 January 1677 in Marlborough, Wiltshire, and died on 17 February 1720 in London. Like many of the eighteenth century's minor, but gifted, men of letters, he came from a dissenting background. He was the son of John Hughes and Anne Burges, and the grandson of William Hughes, ejected from his living at Marlborough in 1662. John junior was educated in a dissenting academy by Thomas Rowe where one of his fellow students was Isaac Watts. He worked as a civil servant in the ordnance office, but his first excursion into a literary career came in 1706 with the publication of a history of England. He later translated Fontenelle's Dialogues of the Dead. Thereafter he wrote a number of poems and plays, continued his translations, and was active in London's musical scene.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.