John Conington, an English author, born at Fishtoft, near Boston, Aug. 10, 1825, died there, Oct. 25, 1869. He knew his letters when he was fourteen months old, and could read for his own amusement at three and a half years. Before he was six years old he was well acquainted with the historical parts of the Bible, and at eight he could repeat a considerable portion of the Aeneid. In 1836 he was sent to the Beverley grammar school, where he remained two years, and at the age of 13 he entered the school at Rugby under Dr. Arnold. He was here distinguished for his remarkable memory and excellent scholarship, and after a course of five years was matriculated at Oxford in 1843. In 1847 he became a fellow of the university, and devoted himself chiefly to the study of the classics. He left Oxford in the following year, and established himself in London as a student of law. But he could not transfer his interest in the ancient poets to jurisprudence, and the experiment proved a failure. After six months' trial he returned to Oxford, and resumed his favorite pursuits. During his stay in London he formed a connection with the "Morning Chronicle," and for a time became a regular contributor to that journal.

In 1857 he published an edition of the "Choephoroe" of Aeschylus, having previously edited the "Agamemnon," with a translation into English verse which he afterward suppressed. He had also collected the materials for an edition of the "Supplices," which he was prevented from compiling by the plan for editing Virgil in conjunction with Mr. Goldwin Smith, and his subsequent appointment to the chair of Latin. The first volume of the edition of Virgil, containing the Eclogues and Georgics, was published in 1858, Mr. Smith having retired from the joint editorship. In 1863 he published a translation of the Odes of Horace, which was followed by the Aeneid in 1866, by the last 12 books of the Iliad in 1868, and by the satires, epistles, and Ara Poetica of Horace in 1869, the last appearing at the time of his death. In 1872 was published his edition of the satires of Persius, with a translation and commentary. The version of the Aeneid is in the octosyllabic measure familiar to the readers of Scott and Byron, and has acquired considerable popularity.

An edition of Conington's "Miscellaneous Writings," edited by J. A. Symonds, with a "Memoir" by H. G. S. Smith, has been published in two volumes (London, 1872).