Note: N6026 The Dryden name presumably came from his father’s great friendship with Sir Henry Dryden (d.1837). The fredinship is referred to in Henry John Hodgson’s memoirs.
Vicar of Great Bedwyn. From 1855.
Vicar of Collingbourne Ducis.
It would seem from his half-brother Henry John Hodgson’s memoir that he was living in Great Baddow, Essex in 1849 (and his sister Mary was staying with him in July when their father died).
Admitted to Lincoln’s Inn on 23 April 1844 but successfully petitioned to leave the Society on 2 November 1846 "being about to enter Holy Orders".
Buried at the entrance to the churchyard in Collingboune Ducis. The inscription on his gravestone reads:
In memory of John Dryden Hodgson MA
Canon of Salisbury.
The beloved rector of this parish for 21 years
Died 19 Aug 1896
Aged 74 years
'The memory of the just is blessed'
Conducted the marriage service of his half brother Henry John Hodgson 1874, with Rev John Daubeney.
Restored Collingbourne Ducis church 1876-7, “sweeping away the the unsightly excressences of the dark ages” according to the Marlborough Times 24 Nov 1877.
Was he the Rev Canon Hodgson who sold a collection of letters from Byron to Francis Hodgson, at Sotheby’s in 1885? (resold in 2009 for £277,250).
The sale of two very interesting collections of autograph letters of Byron and Keats took place on Monday, March 2, at the rooms of Messrs. Sotheby. The letters of Byron, twenty-two in number, were written to his intimate friend, Francis Hodgson, between 1808 and 1821 ; there were also five from Lady Byron, and twenty-eight from Mrs. Augusta Leigh, the sister of the poet, with others from Moore and Rogers, all of which have remained in the possession of the Hodgson family, and have now been sold by the Rev. Canon Hodgson. The Byron letters were sold in one lot for £106, to Mr. Bain, the bookseller of the Haymarket ; the letters from Lord Byron's sister realised £70.
(Antiquarian Magazine and Bibliographer. 1882.)
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