John Towne was an English churchman and controversialist, archdeacon of Stow from 1765.
Born about 1711, was educated at Clare Hall, Cambridge, where he graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1732 and Master of Arts
In 1736. Towne became vicar of Thorpe-Ernald, Leicestershire, on 22 June 1740, and archdeacon of Stowe in 1765. He was a prebendary of Lincoln Cathedral, and rector of Little Paunton, Lincolnshire. Towne died on 15 March 1791 at Little Paunton, where he was buried, a mural tablet being erected to his memory in the church.