Sir Henry Wotton

Sir Henry Wotton
Short Name: Sir Henry Wotton
Full Name: Wotton, Henry, Sir, 1568-1639
Birth Year: 1568
Death Year: 1639

Wotton, Sir Henry, M.A., born in Kent in 1568, and educated at New and at Queen's Colleges, Oxford. After spending nine years on the Continent, on his return he became secretary to Robert, Earl of Essex, with whom he continued until Essex was committed for high treason, when he retired to Florence. There he became known to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and was sent by him, in the name of "Octavio Baldi," with letters to James VI., King of Scotland, in which the king was informed of a design against his life. On succeeding to the English throne James knighted Wotton and sent him as ambassador to the Republic of Venice. In 1623 he was made Provost of Eton (having previously taken Deacon's Orders). He died in 1639. His works include The Elements of Architecture, Parallel between the Earl of Essex and the Duke of Buckingham, Essay on Education, &c. His poems and other matters found in his manuscripts were published posthumously by Izaak Walton in 1651, as Reliquiae Wottonianae. This has been several times reprinted

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)

Wikipedia Biography

Sir Henry Wotton (/ˈwʊtən/; 30 March 1568 – December 1639) was an English author, diplomat and politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1614 and 1625. He is often quoted as saying, "An ambassador is an honest gentleman sent to lie abroad for the good of his country." (Wotton said that when on a mission in Augsburg, in 1604.)

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