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The nephew and heir of Charles Higgins of London. Became Lord of the Manor of Turvey
with his inheritance. He was a County Magistrate and Deputy-
He was a talented water colour artist and painted some lovely scenes of the village, such as this picture of his home, Turvey Abbey. Some were lithographed and sold to the villagers.
His wife was called Teresa. They had two sons, Charles Longuet Higgins who inherited the Abbey and Lord of the Manor title, and Rev. Henry Hugh Higgins who was an eminent naturalist. He also had a daughter called Mary (bapt 1808) who married Rev E.H. Steventon and went to live in Southborough, Tunbridge Wells.
In 1829 he conveyed 13 acres of land, called ‘Ball’s Pasture’, in trust for the Sunday School.
For many years John kept a large notebook in which he recorded local and national happenings, thoughts, poems and illustrations. He called it “The Turvey Scrapbook”.
Both John and Theresa died in 1846 and are buried in the family mausoleum in Turvey churchyard.
Click to enlarge the photograph.
He met the famous poet, William Cowper in early 1787 and soon became very good friends with him, even liasing with Cowper and his banker, Joseph Hill.
In a letter dated 27 March 1791, and sent to his dear friend Lady Hesketh, Cowper
writes “By the next Hall-
John Higgins made a drawing of Cowper’s profile from a shadow picture in early 1791.
Higgins remained fond of Cowper, who died in 1800, and always wore some of his shoe-
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In 1829 he conveyed 13 acres of land, called Ball s Pasture , in trust for the Sunday School.