John Hoole

John Hoole

John Hoole (December, 1727 – 2 August,1803), translator, son of watch-maker and inventor, Samuel Hoole and Sarah Drury. He was born in London, and was in the India House, of which he rose to be principal auditor (1744-83). In 1757 he married Susannah Smith and they had a son, Reverend Samuel Hoole.


He translated Torquato Tasso's "Jerusalem Delivered" (1763), and Ariosto's "Orlando Furioso" (1773-83), as well as other works from the Italian. He was also the author of three dramas, which failed. He is described by Sir Walter Scott as "a noble transmuter of gold into lead."(Scott, p. 204) [ Scott, Walter. "The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, From the Original Manuscript at Abbotsford." Edinburgh: D. Douglas, 1891. [,+From+the+original+manuscript+at+Abbotsford.+hoole&ei=AdzRRqKHKIWY7wK1jsW1AQ] Accessed August 26, 2007]


* Stephen, Leslie. "Hoole, John" "Dictionary of National Biography." Vol. XXVII., London: Smith, Elder, & Co, 1885. [,M1] Accessed August 26, 2007

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