1897 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bryan Waller Procter

Frederic Boase, Modern English Biography (1892-1921) 2:1653-54.



BRYAN WALLER PROCTER (son of Nicholas Procter, d. 1816). b. Leeds 21 Nov. 1787; educ. at Finchley and Harrow under the name of William Bryan Procter 1801 etc. in company with sir R. Peel and Byron; articled to Nathaniel Atherton of Calne, Wiltshire, a solicitor; in a conveyancer's office in London; resided in London from 1807; solicitor in partnership with Wm. Henry Slaney 1817-23; contributed about 200 poems to the Literary Gazette under name of Barry Cornwall from 1815; a friend of Leigh Hunt and Charles Lamb; his tragedy of Mirandola produced at Covent Garden theatre 9 Jany 1821, ran 16 nights; barrister G.I. 4 May 1831, had many pupils in conveyancing; a metropolitan comr. in lunacy 12 Sept. 1832, retired on pension Feb. 1861, honorary comr. Feb. 1861 to death; edited The works of Ben Jonson, with memoir 1838; The works of Shakespeare, with memoir and essay on his genius 1840; edited with John Forster Selections from the poetical works of R. Browning 1873; author under pseudonym of Barry Cornwall of Dramatic scenes and other poems 1819, 2 ed. 1820; Marcian Colonna, a tale 1820; a Sicilian story 1820, 3 ed. 1821; Poetical works, 3 vols. 1822; The flood of Thessaly 1823; Effigies poeticae or the portraits of the British poets 1824; English songs 1832, 3 ed. 1851; The life of Edmund Kean 1835; Charles Lamb, a memoir 1866. d. 32 Weymouth st. London 4 Oct. 1874. bur. Finchley cemetery. Bryan Waller Procter (Barry Cornwall), an autobiographical fragment (1877) preface signed C. P.[atmore]; T. H. Wade's English poets, 2 ed. iv. 489-94 (1883); Wm. Howitt's Homes and Haunts ii 447-51 (1847); The living poets of England (Paris 1827) ii 539-62; H. Martineau's Biographical sketches (4 ed. 1876) 475-87; A. H. Miles' Poets i 351-62 (1891); I. L. N. [Illustrated London News] lxv 353 (1874) portrait; Graphic x 367 (1874) portrait.

NOTE. — He is referred to by Lord Byron in Don Juan, canto xi, verse lix,

Then there's my gentle Euphues, who they say,
Sets up for being a sort of moral me,
He'll find it rather difficult some day
To turn out both, or either, it may be.

His only son Montagu Mitchell Procter, lieut. col. Bengal staff corps 31 Aug. 1878, retired with honorary rank of M.G. 24 Feb. 1885, d. Dinan, France 6 Oct. 1885.