John Holt (author)

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John Holt
Hattersley, Cheshire, England
Died1801 (aged 57–58)
Walton, Lancashire, England
PartnerElizabeth France
Childrenno issue

John Holt (1743 – 21 March 1801) was an English author.


Holt was born at Hattersley, near Mottram in Longdendale, Cheshire, in 1743. About 1757 he settled at Walton-on-the-Hill, near Liverpool, where for many years he acted as parish clerk, highway surveyor, and master of the free grammar school, besides at one time keeping a ladies’ school.[1]

He married, in 1767, Elizabeth France of Walton, but had no issue. He died at Walton on 21 March 1801. There is an interesting etched portrait of Holt by his pupil, W. Rogers, of which there are small reproductions in the Gentleman’s Magazine and the Transactions of the Historic Society. A paper "On the Curle in Potatoes" procured him the medal of the Society of Arts. He compiled a few books for the use of schools, wrote one or two novels, and collected materials for a history of Liverpool, which he bequeathed to Matthew Gregson. He contributed many papers to the Gentleman’s Magazine, and for a long period communicated the monthly ‘Meteorological Diary’ to that periodical.[1]


Holt published in 1786-8

A few years later, for the Board of Agriculture, he made the agricultural survey of Lancashire, and published in 1794 his results in a



 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainSutton, Charles William (1891). "Holt, John (1743-1801)". In Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of National Biography. 27. London: Smith, Elder & Co.; Endnotes: