William Hamilton, a Scottish poet, born at Bangour, Ayrshire, in 1704, died in Lyons. France, March 25, 1754. He was living a life of literary leisure when the young pretender raised the standard of revolt in 1745. He at once joined the cause, and celebrated the victory of Preston Pans in his stirring ode "Glads-muir." After the battle of Culloden he fled to the highlands, and made his escape to France. His friends soon procured a royal pardon for him, and he returned to Scotland; but he soon went to southern France on account of his health, and for several years previous to his death he resided at Lyons. His ballad of "The Braes of Yarrow " is the best known of his effusions. A pirated edition of his poems first appeared in Glasgow (1748); after his death a complete edition was printed from his own manuscripts (Edinburgh, 1760).
William Harness, an English clergyman, born about 1784, died in November, 1869. He was lame, besides suffering from severe illness at Harrow, where Lord Byron, his schoolmate and friend, offered him protection with these words: "Harness, if any one bullies you. tell me, and I'll thrash him if I can." He afterward studied at Cambridge, took orders, and held several preferments in London. He wrote dramas and poems, and published "The Connection of Christianity with Human Happiness " (2 vols., 1823), a variorum edition of Shakespeare (8 vols., 1825), " Parochial Sermons" (1838), and other works. His "Literary Life," by the Rev. A. G. L'Estrange (1871), contains much matter relating to Byron and other celebrities of his time.
William Harris, an American clergyman, born in Springfield, Mass., April 29, 1765, died Oct. 18, 1829. He graduated at Harvard college in 1786, was ordained priest in the Episcopal church in 1792, and took charge at once of the church and academy in Marblehead, Mass. In 1802 he became rector of St. Mark's church in New York, where he established a classical school. He was chosen in 1811. to succeed Bishop Moore as president of Columbia college, and for six years retained his rectorship in connection with this office. He was assisted in the duties of the presidency by Dr. J. M. Mason, under the title of provost, an office which was abolished in 1816; from which time until his death Dr. Harris devoted himself entirely to the college.
William Haughton, an English dramatist, born in the latter half of the 10th century, died probably in the early part of the 17th. He is supposed to have written a number of dramas in connection with Decker and others, and a few unassisted. The only plays attributed with certainty to him are the comedy, "Englishmen for my Money, or a Woman will have her Will," which is reprinted in "The Old English Drama" (4 vols. 12mo, 1830), and "The Pleasant Comedie of Patient Grissill," in which he was assisted by Chettle and Decker, and which was reprinted by the Shakespeare society in 1841.