Downman, Hugh an English clergyman, physician, and poet, was born at Newton House, in the village of Newton St. Cyres, Devonshire, in 1740, and educated at the grammar-school of Exeter, and Balliol College, Oxford. He was ordained in 1762, but had little attachment to the Church. He turned his attention to the study of medicine, and wrote a number of poems, which indicate some share of poetical taste.. He died at Exeter, September 23, 1809. See Chalmers, Biog. Dict. s.v.; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.