I. Sir William, an English poet, born at Hanworth, Middlesex, in 1605, died in London in 1693. He was educated at St. John's college, Cambridge, and became governor of Pendennis castle in Cornwall, and afterward gentleman usher to Charles I. When the civil war broke out he was made a captain in the royal horse guards, and at the restoration gentleman usher to Charles II., and subsequently first vice chamberlain, which office he held for 22 years. He was buried in Westminster abbey. He wrote " The Siege of Urban," "Selindra," "Ormasdes, or Love and Friendship," and "Pandora," dramas published at Oxford in 1666, and much praised by Waller. In his old age he wrote "Artless Midnight Thoughts," etc, and " Midnight and Daily Thoughts." II. Thomas, an English dramatist, brother of the preceding, born at Hanworth in 1611, died in London in 1682. After visiting France, Spain, and Italy, he became page of honor to Charles I., and at the restoration groom of the bedchamber to Charles II., whose exile and privations he had shared, and over whom, by his coarse licentious wit, he had acquired great influence. He was the author of 11 plays, a complete edition of which appeared in 1664. III. Henry, an English divine, brother of the preceding, born at Han-worth in 1612; the date of his death is uncertain.
He was educated at Christchurch, Oxford. When only 17 years old he wrote a tragedy called "The Conspiracy" (reprinted in 1653 under the title of "Pallantus and Eu-dora"). After the restoration he became -almoner and chaplain to the duke of York. IV. Anne, daughter of the preceding, born in London in 1660, died in June, 1685. She was noted for her virtues, beauty, and accomplishments, but is still better known by the ode which Dryden wrote to her memory. She was " excellent in the sister arts of poesy and painting," and painted a portrait of the duke of York (afterward James II.) and his duchess, to whom she was a maid of honor. A volume of her poems was published in 1686.
Ruins of Ross Castle, Killarney.