1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Brathwait

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 2:516-17.



RICHARD BRATHWAYTE, Second Son of Thomas Brathwayte of Warcop near Appleby in Westmoreland, Son and Heir of Thomas Brathwayte of Ambleside in the Barony of Kendall, became a Commoner of Oriel College, an. 1604, aged 16, at which time he was matriculated as a Gentleman's Son and a Native of the County of Northumberland. While he continued in that House, which was at least three Years, he avoided, as much as he could, the rough Paths of Logic and Philosophy, and traced those smooth ones of Poetry and Roman History, in which at length he did excel. Afterwards he removed to Cambridge, as it seems, where also he spent some time for the sake of dead and living Authors, and then receding to the north Parts of England, his Father bestowed on him Barnside before-mention'd: where living many Years, he became Captain of a Foot-Company in the Trained-bands, a Deputy Lieutenant in the County of Westmorland, a Justice of Peace and a noted Wit and Poet. He wrote and published several Books in English, consisting of Prose and Poetry, highly commended in the Age wherein published, but since slighted and despised as frivolous Matters, and only to be taken into the Hands of Novices. The Titles of them are these [list omitted]. What other things he hath written I know not, nor any thing else of him, only that in his latter days he removed, upon an employment or rather a second Marriage, to Appleton near Richmond in Yorkshire, where dying on the fourth day of May in sixteen hundred seventy and three, was buried in the Parish Church of Catherick near that place; leaving behind him the Character of a well-bred and a good Neighbour.