1831 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Henry Killigrew

Richard Polwhele, in Biographical Sketches in Cornwall (1831) 2:30-31.



HENRY KILLIGREW, brother of the former [Sir William], was born in 1612, educated in school-learning under the celebrated Farnaby, and sent to Christ-church, Oxford, in 1628. In 1638, having taken his degree 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, rector of Wheatamstead, in Herefordshire, 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, "who gave a testimony of it (says Langbaine) even to be envied," and by Lord Falkland. An imperfect copy of this getting out in 1638, he 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.