The son of the Welsh poet Robert Holland, Hugh Holland was a Queen's scholar and contemporary of Ben Jonson at Westminster; he attended Trinity College Cambridge in 1590 (B.A. 1594, M.A. 1597) and traveled on the Continent and in the Middle East. After his conversion to Catholicism he was imprisoned in Constantinople for abusing Queen Elizabeth. Holland was patronized by Buckingham and contributed a sonnet to the First Folio of Shakespeare. Mark Eccles believes that he is the uncle of the Catholic poet William Habington.
1600 ca.On Spencer, by H. H.
Pancharis: the love between Owen Tudyr and the Queen. 1603.
A cypress garland for our late soveraigne King James. 1625.