Thomas Otway

Thomas Otway 1652-1685

Born: 03 Mar 1652 Trotton
Died: 14 Apr 1685
Father:Humphrey Otway
Mother:Elizabeth Emes
Education:Winchester & Christ Church, Oxford
Occupation:Poet & Dramatist
Buried: 16 Apr 1685 St. Clement Danes
Updated: 01 Mar 1998


Thomas was born at Trotton on 3rd March 1652. He was educated at Winchester, and Christs College, Cambridge 1669 - no degree when he left in 1672. During his own time he was a well-known poet and dramatist, a friend of Charles II. His best known play is "Venice Preserved" which has been translated into several languages and performed throughout Europe. He was a close friend of Nell Gwynne's, being given Power of Attorney over her affairs during her latter years. He died, penniless, in London on 16th April 1685,buried in the churchyard of St. Clement Danes. His portrait is at Bretby Castle, Derbyshire.

One of the parish registers at Wolbeding (see his father) bears the signature of the poet, under the line -"Serius aut citus sedem properamus ad unam."


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