1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Hayward Roberts

John Nichols, in Literary Anecdotes of the XVIII Century (1812-15) 9:187n.



William-Hayward Roberts, elected from Eton to King's College, Cambridge, 1752; B.A. 1757; M.A. 1760; D.D. 1773. He was an Assistant at Eton School; in 1772 was appointed a Fellow of the College; and Provost in 1781. He obtained the Members' Prize at Cambridge, in 1758, of 15 guineas, for the best Latin Essay on the subject, Utrum diversarum Gentium mores & instituta solvi possunt ex diverso earundem situ. In 1771 he published, in Three Parts, A Poetical Essay on the Existence, Attributes, and the Providence of God; in 1773, A Poetical Epistle to Christopher Anstey, Esq. on the English Poets, chiefly those who have written in Blank Verse; in 1774, Judah restored, a Poem in Six Books, 2 vols. 12mo.; and in 1781 a Sermon, preached before the Governors of the Magdalen Hospital. He was Chaplain to the King, and Rector of Farnham Royal, Bucks; and died in 1794.