1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Killigrew

Alexander Chalmers, in General Biographical Dictionary (1812-17) 19:347.



HENRY KILLIGREW, brother of the former, was born in 1612, educated in grammar learning under the celebrated Farnaby, and sent to Christ Church, Oxford, in 1628. In 1638, having taken his degrees in arts, he went into orders, and became a chaplain in the king's army. In 1642 he was created doctor of divinity; and the same year made chaplain to James duke of York, and prebendary of Westminster. Afterwards he suffered as an adherent in the king's cause; but, at the restoration, was made almoner to the duke of York, superintendent to the affairs of his chapel, rector of Wheathamstead, in Hertfordshire, and master of the Savoy hospital in Westminster. He wrote, when only seventeen years of age, a tragedy called The Conspiracy, which was admired by some wits of those times; particularly by Ben Jonson, then living, "who gave a testimony of it" (says Langbaine) "even to be envied," and by lord Falkland. An imperfect copy of this appearing in 1638, he afterwards caused it to be republished in 1652, with the new title of Pallantus and Eudora. He published a volume of sermons, which had been preached at court in 1685, 4to; and also two or three occasional sermons. The year of his death does not appear.