ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Ferrar

(1592-1637)


The son of a London merchant, Nicholas Ferrar attended school at Enborne, near Newbury, Berkshire. He attended Clare Hall Cambridge (B.A. 1610, fellow 1610, M.A. 1613), after which he accompanied Princess Elizabeth on her travels to Bohemia (1613) and served as a member of the Virginia Company (1619). Ferrar refused a professorship at Gresham College and briefly served as a member of Parliament for Lymington (1624-25); upon retirement to Little Gidding in 1625 he taught the neighboring children and was the friend of George Herbert. Nicholas Ferrar's brother William was a friend of George Wither and appears in Shepherd's Hunting as "Alexis."


TEXT RECORDS:

1631 ca.The Story Books of Little Gidding.

PUBLICATIONS:

Hygiasticon [Lessius] trans. 1634.
Acta apostolorum. 1635?
Harmonies. 1636?
The hundred and ten considerations of Signior John Valdesso [trans]. 1638.
The story books of Little Gidding: being the religious dialogues recited in the great room 1631-32. 1899.