Bowle, John (1725 -1788)
John Bowle, Vicar of Idmiston in Wiltshire, was the son of Thomas Bowle Esq. of Idmiston. He was educated at Oriel College, Oxford, where he matriculated 19 May 1743, age 17, and took his B.A. in 1745 and his M.A. in 1750. Known to his friends as Don Bowle, because of his interest in Cervantes, and editor of a six-volume edition of Don Quixote, he was a man of great knowledge, particularly in the ancient and modern languages, and contributed much to the Gentleman's Magazine, to Granger's History, Steevens' Shakespeare and Warton's History of Poetry. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1776. His library was sold in London by B. White & Son 19 January 1790.