1713 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William King

Thomas Hearne, 4 January 1713; Reliquae Hearniae, ed. Bliss (1869) 1:271.



On Christmas day last died the ingenious Dr. William King (LL.D.) of Doctors Commons, and was buried the Saturday immediately following, Dec. 27, in Westminster Abbey, near Dr. Peter Knype. This Dr. King was a man of excellent natural parts, which he imployed in writing little trivial things to his dying day, insomuch that tho' he had a good estate, was student of Christ Church formerly, and a few years since judge advocate in Ireland; yet he was so addicted to the buffooning way, that he neglected his proper business, grew very poor, and so dyed in a sort of contemptible manner. About a year since he was a gazetteer; but did not hold it above two months, being extremely negligent in that affair.