1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Richard Brathwait

Thomas Campbell, in Specimens of the British Poets (1819; 1845) 256.



Richard Brathwaite, mentioned incidentally by Warton as a pastoral poet, but more valuable as a fluent though inelegant satirist, was the son of Thomas Brathwaite of Warcop, near Appleby, Westmoreland. When he had finished his education at both universities, his father gave him the estate at Barnside, in Westmoreland, where he held a commission in the militia, and was deputy-lieutenant of the county. His latter days were spent near Richmond, in Yorkshire, where he died, with a highly respectable character. To the list of pieces enumerated by Wood two have been since added by Mr. Ellis and Mr. Malone, amounting in all to nineteen, among which are two tragi-comedies, Mercurius Britannicus and Regicidium.