1680 ca. ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Edward Dyer

John Aubrey, in Brief Lives, 1669-1696; ed. Clark (1898) 1:243.



Sir Edw. Dyer of Somersetshire, (Sharpham Parke, &c.) was a great witt, poet, and acquaintance of Mary, countesse of Pembroke and sir Philip Sydney. He is mentioned in the preface of the Arcadia. He had four thousand pounds per annum, and was left fourscore thousand pounds in money. He wasted it almost all. This I had from captaine Dyer, his great grandsonne, or brother's great grand son. I thought he had been the sonne of the lord chiefe justice Dyer, as I have inserted in one of these papers, but that was a mistake. The judge was of the same family, the captain tells me.