1785 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Whitehead

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 55 (April 1785) 326.



14 April. At his apartments in Charles-street, William Whitehead, esq; poet laureat, register and secretary of the knights companions of the most honourable order of the Bath, author of the Roman Father, 1750; Fatal Constancy, 1753; Creusa, Queen of Athens, 1754; the School for Lovers, 1762; a Trip to Scotland, 1770; &c. &c. This gentleman, the son of a tradesman in the town of Cambridge, was M.A. and a fellow of Clare-hall, till the statutes required him to take orders. He accompanied the viscounts Nuneham and Villiers, the present earls of Harcourt and Jersey, in their travels during the years 1754, 1755, and 1756. In 1757 he was appointed poet laureat on the death of Colley Cibber. His works were, in 1774, collected into two volumes 8vo. His odes, as poet laureat, have been regularly inserted in our volumes.