WILLIAM BROOME (1689-1745) was a native of Haslington, county of Chester, took his degree of M.A. in St. John's College, Cambridge, in 1716. He entered the church, married a wealthy widow, and died rector of Pulham, in Norfolk. He collected and published his poems in 1739. He was happier as a translator than as an original poet, and his annotations on the Iliad and Odyssey evince his learning.