Stevens, John ___ 1662c-1726 ___ British ___ civilservant

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Stevens was born in London, the son of a page to Queen Catherine of Braganza. It is assumed his mother was Spanish. He entered into a military career, and accompanied the Second Earl of Clarendon, when he was made lord lieutenant of Ireland in 1685, to Dublin as one of his gentlemen-at-large. Two years later Stevens was appointed collector of taxes at Welshpool, with a brief covering mid-Wales and the borders. As a Catholic and supporter of James II, he was forced to flee after the so-called Glorious Revolution, to France, and then with the Jacobites to Ireland. Before long though, he had taken refuge in Lisbon, Portugal. By 1695, Stevens was back in London, where he settled down to make a living translating Portuguese and Spanish texts. Over the next 30 years or so he published over 20 translations, including a revision of Shelton’s version of Don Quixote. He was also editor of the British Mercury from 1712 to 1715. A diary of his time in Ireland, not published until 1912, is considered valuable as an eyewitness account written by a Jacobite who was not an Irishman.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1689-1691 ___ military Ireland historyeye

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SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
The Journal of John Stevens containing a brief account of the war in Ireland 1689-1691
 

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