1788 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Edward Burnaby Greene

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 58 (March 1788) 276.



After a severe illness, Edw. Burnaby Greene, esq. of Westminster, and Northlands, near Kensington; a gentleman well known in the regions of Parnassus, by An Imitation of the Tenth Epistle of the First Book of Horace, 1756; a translation of Anacreon, 1768; Critical Essay, 1770, 8vo; a volume of Poetical Essays (of which the greater part had been published before separately) 1772, sm. 8vo; a translation of Pindar, 1778; Satires of Persius paraphrastically imitated, 1779, 8vo; Ode inscribed to Leonard Smelt, Esq. 1780, 4to; a turgid translation of Apollonius Rhodius, 1781, (see our vol L. p. 384; LII. pp. 395, 435, 482); a pamphlet on Madan's Thelyphthora, Observations on Rowley's Poems, 1782, the Humane Society, 1784; and many single poems and essays in this Magazine. — He was nephew of Mr. Greene, an eminent brewer in Westminster, for whose fortune he changed his name, in addition to his own; but, from various events in the management of the business, to which he had never been brought up, he had contracted, in 1779, a very large debt, for which his stock and property was sold, and he retired to a lodging. His valuable library was sold by Christie. He was brother to Admiral Sir Wm. B, who distinguished himself in the war of 1756, and to the wife of Alex. Bennett, esq. sworn clerk of the Exchequer; and half-brother to the Rev. Dr. Burnaby, of Greenwich, and to the wife of the Rev. Mr. Gallaway, vicar of Hinckley, co. Leicester. He was admitted of Bene't College, Cambridge, 1755, under the private tuition of the Rev. Dr. Sharpe; and in 1761 married Miss Cartwright, of Kensington, a lady of merit and fortune, who died before him, leaving him three children, Anne, Pitt, and Emma.