1860 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Oldys

George Gilfillan, in Specimens with Memoirs of the less-known British Poets (1860) 3:125.



OLDYS was born in 1696, and died in 1761. He was a very diligent collector of antiquarian materials, and the author of a Life of Raleigh. He was intimate with Captain Grose, Burns' friend, who used to rally him on his inordinate thirst for ale, although, if we believe Burns, it was paralleled by Grose's liking for port.