1815 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir William Young

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 85-86 (April 1815, Supplement, 1816) 373, 632.



Jan. 10. At Government house, Tobago, his Excellency Governor Sir Wm. Young, bart. F.R.S. and F.S.A. He was born in 1749; and succeeded his father Sir William, in 1788. He married first, in 1777, Sarah, daughter of Chas. Laurence, esq. by whom he had issue, 1. William; 2. Brook-Henry; 3. Charles; 4. Sarah; 5. Caroline; and 6. George. Sir William married secondly, in 1792, Barbara daughter of Richard Talbot, of Malahide Castle, Ireland, esq. by whom he had no issue. He represented the borough of St. Mawes in four parliaments....

The Father of Sir Wm. Young, the first baronet, was lieutenant-governor of Dominica, where he possessed considerable estates: and his mother was the daughter of Dr. Brook Taylor, secretary to the Royal Society. Sir William first obtained a seat in Parliament, in 1784, for the borough of St. Mawes, for which he was re-elected in 1790, 1796, and 1802, and was returned for Buckingham in 1806. In the following year, he was appointed Governor of Tobago, where he has ever since resided. — He was the author of several interesting works. In 1777, he published The Spirit of Athens, 8vo. which, after nine years' study and revision, he reprinted with the title of The History of Athens, politically and philosophically considered. in 1783 appeared a pamphlet from his pen on Gilbert's projected amendment of the Poor Laws, which was followed by the Rights of Englishmen, — A Letter to Mr. Pitt on the Subject of the Slave Trade, delivered in the House of Commons in 1791. To the abolition of that traffic, Sir William, as might be expected of a proprietor of West India prefixed a brief memoir of Bryan Edwards to the posthumous edition of the works of that gentleman, and a life of his respectable progenitor Dr. Brook Taylor, to his Contemplatio Philosophica. The last production of his pen was The West Indian Common Place Book, a work containing a vast fund of information relative to the political economy and commerce of the British Colonies in that quarter of the Globe.