1780 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Samuel Woodford

John Nichols, in Select Collection of Poems with Notes Biographical and Historical (1780-82) 4:261-62.



Eldest son of Robert Woodford, of Northampton, gent. He was born in the parish of Allhallows on the Wall, London, April 13, 1636; became a commoner of Wadham College in 1653; took one degree in Arts in 1656, and in 1658 retired to the Inner Temple, where he was chamber-fellow with the poet Flatman. In 1660 he published a poem On the Return of King Charles II. After that period, he lived first at Aldbrook, and afterwards at Bensted in Hampshire, in a married and secular condition, and was a member of the Royal Society. 14 cal. Jan. 1669, he took holy orders from bishop Morley, and was soon after presented by Sir Nich. Stuart, bart. to the rectory of Hartley-Malduit in Hampshire. He was installed prebend of Chichester, May 27, 1676; made D.D. by the diploma of archbishop Sancroft in 1677; and prebendary of Winchester Nov. 8, 1680, by the favour of his great patron the bishop of that diocese. He died in 1700. His poems, which have some merit, are pretty numerous, as will appear by his own account of them in this Ode [The Voyage], and by the notes annexed to it.