Blackbourne, John a learned English divine, was born in 1683, and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. After the Revolution he refused to take the oaths, thus excluding himself from Church preferment. He became corrector of the press to Bowyer, the celebrated printer, and edited several important works. For some years before his death he was a nonjuring bishop, but lived a retired life in Little Britain. He died Nov. 17, 1741. See Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.