1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Marriott

Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 73 (March, April 1803) 294, 379.



21 March. At Twinsted-hall, near Sudbury, Suffolk, about two o'clock in the afternoon, while sitting in his chair, aged 72, Sir James Marriott, knt. master of Trinity-hall, Cambridge, late judge of the High Court of Admiralty, and also late M.P. for Sudbury, which he represented in two parliaments....

Sir James Marriott died at two o'clock in the morning. His father was an attorney in Hatton-garden; and his mother re-married a Mr. Sayer. His promotion began by making an arrangement of the Duke of Newcastle's library when chancellor of the University of Cambridge. He was elected master of Trinity-hall on the death of Dr. Dickins. In 1764 he was appointed advocate-general to his Majesty, and received the honour of knighthood; and was appointed judge of the Admiralty Court, in the room of Sir George Hay. He twice represented the borough of Sudbury. See his speech in defence of the Ministry, vol. LII. p. 164. His principal publication was the Case of the Dutch Prizes taken in the War before last, about 1759. In 1769 he published The Rights and Privileges of both the Universities, and of the University of Cambridge in particular, defended, in a Charge to the Grand Jury at the Quarter Sessions for the Peace at Cambridge, Oct. 10, 1768; also, an Argument in the Case of the Colleges of Christ and Emanuel. Several of his verses are published in Dodsley's Collection, particularly Laura, and others, which had been printed for private use, some singly, others in a volume.