1680 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Vaughan

John Aubrey, in Brief Lives, 1669-1696; ed. Clark (1898) 2:268-69.



There are two Vaughans, twinnes, both very ingeniose and writers. One writt a poeme called Olor Iscanus (Henry Vaughan, the first-borne), and another booke of Divine Meditations. His brother wrote severall treatises, whose names I have now forgott, but names himself Eugenius Philalethes.

They were borne at Llansanfraid in Brecknockshire, by the river Uske (Isca). Their grandmother was an Aubrey: their father, a coxcombe and no honester then he should be — he cosened me of 50s. once.

Eugenius Philalethes was of Jesus College. Whither Henry was I have forgotten; but he was a clarke sometime to Judge Sir Marmaduke Lloyd.

Henry Vaughan, "Silurist": — you know Silures contayned Brecknockshire, Herefordshire, etc.

My brother [writes Henry Vaughan to Aubrey] and I were borne att Newton, in Brecknockshire, in the parish of St. Bridget's, in the year 1621.

I stayed not att Oxford to take my degree, but was sent to London, beinge then designed by my father for the study of the law, which the sudden eruption of our late civil warres wholie frustrated.

My brother continued there for 10 or 12 yeares, and I thinke he could be noe lesse than Master of Arts. He died upon an imployment for his majesty, within 5 or 6 miles of Oxford, in the yeare that the last great plague visited London. He was buried by Sir Robert Murrey, his great friend (and then secretary of estate for the kingdome of Scotland); to whome he gave his bookes and MSS.

My profession allso is physic, which I have practised now for many years with good successe (I thanke God) and a repute big enough for a person of greater parts than my selfe.

My brother died in the seaven and fortieth year of his age, upon the 27th of Februarie in the year 1666, and was buried upon the first of March."

Sir Robert Moray ... told me he buryed < my cosen Thomas Vaughan > at Albery neer Ricot within three miles of Oxford. He dyed at Mr. [Sam.] Kem's howse, the minister.