John Jortin was born in London on 23 October 1698 and died there, of bronchitis, on 5 September 1770. His father was a Huguenot exile and his mother was the daughter of an Anglican clergyman. He was educated at Charterhouse School and Jesus College, Cambridge, where he took his BA in 1719 and his MA in 1722. He was elected Fellow of Jesus in 1721 and in 1724 took holy orders. In 1731, he returned to London hoping to pursue a literary career, and there he remained for most of the rest of his life. Through the good offices of his friend Zachary Pearce, he was the beneficiary of well-endowed preferments; at the time of his death, he was a prebendary of St Paul's, rector of St Dunstan's-in-the-east, vicar of Kensington and Archdeacon of London. Archbishop Herring made him a DD in 1764.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.