1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Bryan Waller Procter

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 385.



Procter (1787-1874), better known, in literature, by the pseudonym "Barry Cornwall" (an anagram of his name, less five letters), was a native of London. He was educated at Harrow, where he was the school-fellow of Byron and Peel. In 1819 appeared his Dramatic Scenes, and other Poems; in 1821, his Mirandola: a Tragedy. He became a barrister at law, and one of the Commissioners of Lunacy. In 1857, Mr. John Kenyon, a wealthy West Indian gentleman, and author of some graceful verses, left more than 140,000 in legacies to his friends; to Elizabeth Barrett Browning, 4000; to Robert Browning, 6500; and to Procter, 6500. Some of Procter's minor pieces have the true lyrical ring, and are likely to be long remembered.