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Hamilton, Charles

First Name: 
Charles
Last Name: 
Hamilton
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1697
Death: 
1732
Nationality: 
Scots?
Religion: 
NULL
Education: 
NULL
Politics: 
Hanoverian
Milieux: 
domestic/coterie MS circulation
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
William Hamilton of Bangour
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
NULL
Summing Up: 

Little is known about Hamilton's life, but he seems to a vestige of the leisurely gentleman landowner paradigm; the DNB explains that he liked to entertain his friends with "humorous poems," though none are accounted for in the ESTC.

Hampden-Trevor, Robert

First Name: 
Robert
Last Name: 
Hampden-Trevor
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1706
Death: 
1783
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
NULL
Education: 
educated privately; gentleman-commoner at Queen's College, Oxford 1723; BA 1725; fellow of All Souls 1725; elected a fellow of the Royal Society 1764
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
University wit and Latinity
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
NULL
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
NULL
Summing Up: 

Hampden was a diplomatist who held numerous positions in the government. Though originally a supporter of Sir Robert Walpole, from the accession of George III he was a close friend and follower of George Grenville. Acc. to the DNB he also wrote some Latin poetry, which was edited by his son John and published well after his death (at least acc. to the ESTC. May want to check Foxon). He also collected drawings and prints.

Halket, George

First Name: 
George
Last Name: 
Halket
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1692
Death: 
1756
Nationality: 
Scots?
Religion: 
Episcopalian?
Education: 
King's College, Aberdeen 1709–13, did not graduate
Politics: 
Jacobite
Milieux: 
Tory/Jacobite satire and political commentary; Celtic bard tradition?
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
NULL
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
‘Logie o' Buchan’ in Scots Musical Museum, ed. Robert Burns and James Johnson (vol. 4, 1792, no. 358)
Summing Up: 

Halket is best known as a composer of Jacobite songs. Among them include ‘Whirry Whigs Awa'’, and ‘A Dialogue between the Devil and George II’, "which apparently caused the duke of Cumberland to offer a reward of £100 for the author dead or alive" acc. to the DNB. His classic love lyric ‘Logie o' Buchan’ is usually categorized as one of the best lowland Scottish songs.

Gurney, Thomas

First Name: 
Thomas
Last Name: 
Gurney
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1705
Death: 
1770
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
NULL
Education: 
NULL
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
NULL
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
NULL
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
NULL
Summing Up: 

Gurney was best known for his modification of William Mason's system of shorthand, his Brachygraphy going through seven editions in his lifetime. He also published poetry from the 1740s onward while working primarily in other professions. His poetry was vehemently anti-Methodist, acc. to the DNB.

Gruffydd, Owen

First Name: 
Owen
Last Name: 
Gruffydd
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1643
Death: 
1730
Nationality: 
Welsh
Religion: 
NULL
Education: 
NULL
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
Celtic bard tradition; domestic/coterie MS circulation; Clerical religious writing
Patrons: 
Humphrey Humphreys
Coteries: 
William Elias; Michael Pritchard
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
some poems in Carolau a Dyriau Duwiol (1696, 1720, 1729); some poems in Blodeu-gerdd Cymry (1759)
Summing Up: 

Gruffydd was a traditional Welsh poet who wrote on religious and genealogical subjects in poems in the cywydd metre and songs in the free metre. Following the poets of the middle ages, he visited the homes of landed families to solicit their patronage and "return eulogy and elegy in time-honoured payment" (DNB). As the DNB explains, "This won him a reputation as a scholar–poet and antiquarian firmly in the tradition of the medieval bards...

Grove, Henry

First Name: 
Henry
Last Name: 
Grove
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1684
Death: 
1738
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
Presbyterian
Education: 
Taunton grammar school; Taunton Academy at age 14; Newington Green Academy 1703
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
Clerical religious writing
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
Isaac Watts; Elizabeth Rowe
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
NULL
Summing Up: 

Grove was a dissenting clergyman who wrote popular sermons, and lesser known poetry and hymns that appeared in contemporary hymnbooks and were collected in his posthumous Miscellanies in Prose and Verse. He received little income from his profession and lived happily in relative poverty throughout his life.

Griffin, Benjamin

First Name: 
Benjamin
Last Name: 
Griffin
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1680
Death: 
1740
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
NULL
Education: 
the free school, North Walsham; apprenticed to a glazier at Norwich
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
Playwriting
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
NULL
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
NULL
Summing Up: 

Griffen was a successful actor and playwright. He often performed in his own plays.

Grierson [née Crawley], Constantia

First Name: 
Constantia
Last Name: 
Grierson [née Crawley]
Sex: 
Female
Birth: 
1704
Death: 
1732
Nationality: 
Irish
Religion: 
NULL
Education: 
tutored in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English, and French by her local vicar; studied midwifery under Dr Van Lewen (father of Laetitia Pilkington)
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
NULL
Patrons: 
NULL
Coteries: 
NULL
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
six poems in Mary Barber's Poems on Several Occasions (1734); George Ballard's Memoirs of Several Ladies of Great Britain, who have been Celebrated for their Writings or Still in the Learned Languages, Arts and Sciences (1752)
Summing Up: 

Grierson was from humble origins but had a propensity for learning. Her editions of Greek and Latin works were praised by many, including Swift. She was well regarded by the Dublin literary elite for her skills as editor and poet. Only a few of her poems survive.

Purver, Anthony

First Name: 
Anthony
Last Name: 
Purver
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1702
Death: 
1777
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
Quaker
Education: 
excelled in village school; autodidact in Hebrew, Aramaic, Syriac, Greek, and Latin
Politics: 
NULL
Milieux: 
working-class poet; religious writing
Patrons: 
Dr. John Fothergill
Coteries: 
NULL
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
NULL
Summing Up: 

NULL

Popple, William

First Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Popple
Sex: 
Male
Birth: 
1700
Death: 
1764
Nationality: 
English
Religion: 
Anglican
Education: 
NULL
Politics: 
whig (loyal to Walpole)
Milieux: 
playwriting
Patrons: 
Horatio Walpole (?)
Coteries: 
Aaron Hill; Richard Savage?
Periodicals & Misc Contributed To: 
NULL
Summing Up: 

NULL

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