John Codrington Bampfylde

John Codrington Warwick Bampfylde or Bampfield (27 August 1754 – 1796/7) was an 18th-century English poet. He came from a prominent Devon family, his father being Sir Richard Bampfylde, 4th Baronet, and was educated at Trinity Hall, Cambridge.[1] He had financial problems, he had made romantic advances to Mary Palmer, niece of Joshua Reynolds, which she had refused, and he spent the latter part of his life in a psychiatric hospital in London.[2][3] He died of tuberculosis.

His only published work was Sixteen Sonnets (1778), which attracted the attention of Robert Southey.


  1. "Bampfylde, John Codrington Warwick (BMFD771JC)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. Postle, Martin. "'Mr Huddesford and Mr Bampfylde', Sir Joshua Reynolds, c.1778 | Tate". Tate. Retrieved 5 May 2018.
  3. Basker, James G.; Gilder, Richard, eds. (2002). Amazing Grace: An Anthology of Poems about Slavery, 1660-1810. Yale University Press. p. 266. ISBN 0300091729.
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