1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Hugh Holland

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 1:583.



HUGH HOLLAND, Son of Rob. Holland (by his Wife the Daughter of one Pain of Denbigh) Son of Lewis Holland of Caerdre, by Gwervila his Wife, Daughter of Howell ap Madock, ap Jem, ap Einion, was born at Denbigh, bred in Westminster School, while Camden taught there, elected into Trinity Coll. in Cambridge, an. 1589, of which he was afterwards Fellow. Thence he went to travel into Italy, and was at Rome, where his over free discourse betrayed his prudence. Thence he went to Jerusalem to do his devotions to the holy Sepulchre, and in his return touch'd at Constantinople, where he received a reprimand from the English Ambassador, for the former freedom of his Tongue. At his return into England, he retired to Oxon, spent some years there as a Sojourner for the sake of the public Library, and, as I have been informed, had his Lodging in Bal. Coll. which is partly the reason why I insert him here. He is observed by a Cambridge man "to have been no bad English, but an excellent Latin Poet," and by some thought worthy to be mention'd by Spencer, Sidney and others, the chiefest of our English Poets. His works are these,

Verses in description of the chief Cities of Europe.

Chronicle of Qu. Elizab. reign; Life of Will. Cambden, Clarenceaux K. of Arms [MSS].

A Cypress Garland for the sacred forehead of the late Sovereign K. James. Lond. 1625. a Poem; and other things which I have not yet seen; but he was not the Author of the Appendix to the Commentary of Engl. Bishops, as one [Thomas Fuller] or more think. He died within the City of Westminster, (having always been in animo Catholicus) in sixteen hundred thirty and three; whereupon his body was buried in the Abby Church of S. Peter there, near to the door entring into the Monuments, or the door thro' which People enter to see the Monuments, on the three and twentieth day of July in the same Year. I have seen a copy of his Epitaph made by himself, where in he is stiled miserimus peccator, musarum & amicitiarum cultor sanctissimus, &c. and another made by a second Person, which for brevity sake I know pass by. In my searches I find one Hugh Worthington (afterwards a Jesuit) in Mich. Term, an. 1570. and another Hugh Holland an Esquire's Son of Denbighshire to be matriculated as a member of Bal. of the same house, but whether any of them were Authors, I cannot yet tell, or whether the last was the same with the Poet.