1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Richard Zouche

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 2:255-56.



RICHARD ZOUCHE, or Zouchaeus as he sometimes writes himself, the Cadet of an antient and noble Fa[mily], was born of worthy Parents in the Parish of Ansley in Wiltshire, educated in Grammaticals in Wykeham's School near Winchester, admitted perpetual Fellow of New Coll. after he had served two Years of Probation, an. 1609, aged 19 Years, and after he had taken one Degree in the Civil Law, became an Advocate of note in Doctor's Commons. In the Year 1619 he was admitted Doctor of the Civil Law, became the King's Professor of that Fac. in the Year following, was chosen, by the endeavours of his kinsman, Edward Lord Zouche L. Warden of the Cinque-Ports, a Burgess, twice at least, for Hyeth in Kent, to serve in Parliaments in the latter end of King James I. became Chancellor of the Doc. of Oxon, Principal of S. Alban's Hall in 1625, and at length Judge of the High Court of Admiralty. In 1648, when the Visitors appointed by Parliament sate in the University, he submitted to their power, and so consequently kept his Principality and Professorship during the times of Usurpation. After the King's return he was restored to the Admiralty, tho' was one of the Commissioners for regulating the University, and might have risen higher than the Admiralty had he lived. He was an exact Artist, a subtile Logician, expert Historian, and for the knowledge in, and practice of, the Civil Law, the chief person of his time, as his works much esteemed beyond the Seas (where several of them were reprinted) partly testify. He was so well vers'd also in the Statutes of the University, and Controversies between the Members thereof and the City, that none after Twyne's death went beyond him. As his Birth was noble, so was his Behaviour and Discourse; and as personable and handsome, so naturally sweet, pleasing and affable. The truth is, there was nothing wanting but a forward Spirit which silenc'd his Profession, would have given a stop to his rise, had be been of another Disposition. His works are these [list omitted]. Our learned Author Dr. Zouche died in his Lodgings at Doctors Commons in London on the first day of March in sixteen hundred and sixty, and was buried in the Church of Fulham in Middlesex, near to the Grave of his eldest Daughter Katherine, sometime the Wife of William Powell alias Hinson Esquire. He had a hand in the University Reasons against the Covenant, as I have before told you in Dr. Gerard Langbaine, num. 197.