1782 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Somervile

Isaac Reed, in Dodsley, Collection of Poems (1782) 4:315n.



William Somervile, Author of the Chace, Hobbinol, and other poems, was descended from a very ancient family in Warwickshire. He was the son of Robert Somervile, of Edston, in that county, and, as he says himself, was born near Avon's banks. He received his education at Winchester school, but does not appear to have been at any University. Dr. Johnson says, he never heard of him but as of a Poet, a country gentleman, and a useful Justice of the Peace. Like his friend Shenstone, his latter days were rendered unhappy by the bad state of his finances. He suffered himself to be overcome by habits of drinking, and died July 14, 1743.