Barnfield, who was born in 1574, was a native of Staffordshire, and graduated at Braznose College in Oxford, where he took the degree of B.A. in February 1591-92. See Warton's Hist. Eng. Poet. vol. iv. p. 231; Restituta, vol. iv. p. 493; Collier's Bridgew. Cat. p. 21; Ellis's Specim. vol. ii. p. 356; Beloe's Anec. vol. ii. p. 67, who is incorrect in stating that Mr. Ellis has given no specimen of his works; Ritson's Bibliog. Poet. p. 124; Wood's Ath. Oxon. vol. 1. p. 683; and Phillips's Theatr. Poet. p. 322, who ranks Barnfield with Lodge, Greene, and Breton.