1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Nicholas Breton

Joseph Ritson, Bibliographia Poetica (1802) 138-43.



NICHOLAS BRETON, a most prolifick writer, of whose poetical productions the following is an imperfect catalogue [omitted].

In the church of Norton, a small village in Northamptonshire, on the south side of the chancel, the following epitaph, apparently that of our poet, is fix'd upon the wall: "Here lieth the body of Nicholas Breton of Tamworth esqr.; sonne of captaine John Breton of Tamworth, esqr. in the countie of Stafford. He was also captaine of a foot company in the Low countries under the commaund of the right honourable Robert Dudley earle of Leicester. He married Anne daughter of sir Edward Legh of Rushall in the countie of Stafford, a wife of rare vertue and pietie. He had by her five sons and four daughters (viz.) Edward, Howard, Frances, Lettis. He purchased this lordship of Norton, and departed from the troubles of this life to eternal happiness, the 22 day of June anno domini 1624." (See Bridgeses "Northamptonshire, p. 81.)