1690 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Shakerley Marmion

Anthony Wood, Athenae Oxonienses (1690-91; 1721) 1:625-26.



Shakerley Marmion, Son and Heir of Shak. Marmion, Esq; sometimes Lord of the Manor of Aynoe near Brackley in Northamptonshire, descended from an ancient and noble Family of his name, who originally came into England with William the Conqueror, was born in the Manor-House at Aynoe, in January 1602, and baptized there on the 21st of the said Month, educated in Grammar learning in the Free-School at Thame in Oxfordshire under Rich. Butcher LL.B. the then Master thereof, became a Gent. Com. of Wadham Coll. in 1617, took the Degrees in Arts, and soon after was cried up for a noted Poet, and a copious writer of English Comedy, which appeared by several of his things that he made public, a Catalogue of which I shall give anon. His Father having profusely wasted much of his Estate, he sent his Son into the Low-Countries to trail a Pyke under the Command of Sir Sigismond Alexander, as he was generally call'd, but truly Sir Alexander Zifzan of Italian descent, but being not advanced, as he expected, he returned into England, and beign well acquainted and valued by Sir. Joh. Sucking the Poet, that worthy Knight did forthwith take him into his particular favour and friendship, and caused him to ride in his Troop which he raised for K. Ch. I. in this expedition against the Scots, in the beginning of 1639, but he falling sick at York in his March Northward, was at the charge of Sir John conveyed to London, where he soon after expired. He hath written,

Holland's Leaguer: or, a Discourse of the life and actions of Donna Britannica Hollandia the Archmistress of the wicked Women of Utopia, a Comedy. Lond. 1632. qu.

A fine Companion, Com. Lond. 1633. qu.

Cupid and Psyche: or, an Epic Poem of Cupid and his Mistress, as it was lately presented to the Prince Elector. Lond. 1637 qu. 'Tis a moral Poem contained in two Books, the first having in it four sections, and the other three.

The Antiquary; Com. Lond. 1633. qu. besides Copies of Verses dispers'd in several Books; and other things in MS. which he left ready for the Press at his Death, but are either lost or in obscure Hands. This Poet Shack. Marmion, who was a goodly proper Gentleman, died in sixteen hundred thirty and nine, and was obscurely buried in the Church of S. Barthom. near Smithfield in London. In the Family of these Marmions was the Office of the King's Champion at Coronations, and continu'd so for a long time, till at last an Heir Male being wanting, on whom it was entail'd, it came to Sir J. Ludlow by the Female, and from his Family to the Dimocks who hold the Manor of Scrivelsby in Lincolnshire to be the King's Champion at Coronations. See Cambden, p. 542.