1662 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Francis Thynne

Thomas Fuller, in History of the Worthies of England (1662) 1:82]



FRANCIS THINNE was born in this County [Kent], and from his infancy had an ingenious inclination to the Study of Antiquity, and especially of Pedigrees. Herein hee made such proficiency, that he was preferred towards the end of the raign of Q. Elizabeth, to be an Herald, by the Title of Lancaster.

A gentleman painful, and well deserving, not only of his own Office, but all the English Nation.

Whosoever shall peruse the Voluminous Works of Raphael Hollinshed, will find how much he was assisted therein by the help of Mr. Thinne, seeing the Shoulders of Atlas himselfe may bee weary, if sometime not beholden to Hercules to relieve them. He died 15-.