1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir John Stradling

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 1:504.



SIR JOHN STRADLING, Son of Franc. Stradling by Elizabeth his Wife, was born near to Bristol in Somersetshire, but descended from an antient and Knightly Family of his name, living at S. Donant's in Glamorganshire, was educated in puerile Learning under a learned and pious Man named Edw. Green Prebendary of the Cath. Ch. at Bristol, became a Commoner of Brasen-nose Coll. in 1579, aged 16 years or thereabouts, and in 1583 he took a Degree in Arts as a Member of Magd. hall, being then accounted a miracle for his forwardness in learning and pregnancy of Parts. Soon after his great worth being discovered in the Metropolis, while he continued in one of the Inns of Court (but especially after he had return'd from his travels beyond the Seas) was courted and admired by the learned Cambden, Sir John Harrington the Poet, Tho. Leyson mention'd before, under the year 1607, and above all, by that most noted Critic and Physician, Dr. Jo. Dav. Rhese. He hath written and published,

De vita & morte contemnenda, lib. 3 Francof. 1597. in oct. written to his Uncle Sir Edw Stradling of S. Donant's, whom I have mentioned under the Year 1609.

Epigrammatum libri quartuor. Lond. 1607. in oct. Two years after he became Heir to his Uncle before-mentioned, settled at S. Donat's Castle, and was made a Baronet in 1611, at which time he was esteemed a wise and most learned Gentleman. Afterwards being involved in secular Affairs, and the Services of his Country, was taken off from writing till the latter end of the Reign of K. James I. at which time he published a Book entit.

Beati pacifici: A Divine Poem, written to the King's most Excellent Majesty. Lond. 1623, in about eleven Sheets in qu. It was perused by his Majesty K. James I. before it went to the Press, and 'twas printed by Authority. Afterwards he published,

Divine Poems in seven several Classes, written to K. Ch. I. Lond. 1625. qu. I have sent several times, to several Persons in Wales, to have some account of this Person, his last end, and his Epitaph, but no returns are yet made. Instead of which, the Reader may peruse the Character of the Gentleman, out of Mr. Harrington's Preface to Dr. George Stradling's Sermons. "Sir John Stradling, Bart. the Fifth of those 200 original Baronets created by King James I. his propensity to Learning, and his progress in it, is easily discernible from those his Works that are yet extant, and whether it proceeded from the greatness of his Parts, the agreeableness of his Temper, or the generality of his Studies; we shall hardly find any Gentleman whatsoever, that, (among all the eminent Scholars of that Age, Men of different Professions, and very disagreeable Studies) appears by his Writings to have gained so universal respect and esteem."