- Francis Espinasse
- , revised by M. J. Mercer
Banks, John (1709–1751), poet and biographer, was born at Sonning, Berkshire. After the death about 1715 of his father, John, his education was entrusted to his uncle, who placed him at a local private school run by Mr Belpene. Banks proved to be a bright and able scholar but was shortly afterwards withdrawn from the school, allegedly because his schoolmaster was jealous of his ability. A more plausible explanation would be that the uncle was unwilling or unable to continue to pay for his nephew's education. ...