A catalogue of notable Middle Templars, with brief biographical notices/Bacon, Montagu
Scholar and Critic.
Admitted 29 March, 1704.
Second son of Nicholas Bacon of Shrubland, Suffolk, and a descendant of Lord Keeper Bacon. He was baptized at Coddenham, 13 Dec. 1688, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He was called to the Bar 15 May, 1710, and some time later took Holy Orders. He proceeded M.A. in 1734, and in 1743 was preferred to the living of Newbold Verdun, Leicestershire, which rectory he held till his death, though unable to fulfil its duties by reason of failing health and temporary mental affliction. He died at Chelsea, 7 April, 1749, leaving a great reputation for learning and especially for knowledge of polite literature. His own literary work, however, was small, and is contained in a volume published after his death, entitled. Critical, Historical, and Explanatory Notes upon Hudibras … with a Dissertation upon Burlesque Poetry (1752).