1802 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Aston Cokayne

Anonymous, in Poetical Register for 1801 (1802; 1815) 191.



SIR ASTON COKAYNE, the heir of a very ancient family at Ashbourn, in Derbyshire, was born at Elvaston 1608, and educated at Cambridge, and the Inns of Court. Thence he travelled through France and Italy; and marrying on his return, settled at his Lordship of Pooley, in Warwickshire, where he gave himself up to his books and his boon-companions, not however without cultivating the friendship of some of the most eminent wits of his day. Being a papist, he suffered much for his religion during the civil wars. In the latter part of his life, having sold his ancient patrimony, he retired to Derby, where he died 1683-84, aged 76. His poems were published 1658. There is much doggrel in them, but he sometimes displayed the powers of a poet. See. Gent. Mag. LVII. p. 566.