Sir Henry Wotton

Sir Henry Wotton

Birth
Boughton Malherbe, Maidstone Borough, Kent, England
Death Dec 1639 (aged 71)
Eton, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England
Burial Eton, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England
Memorial ID 10646659 · View Source
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British Diplomat, Poet. A former secretary to the Earl of Essex, he was knighted by King James I in 1604 and appointed Ambassador to Venice. His experiences in Italy inspired his famous quip, "An Ambassador is an honest man sent to lie abroad for the good of his country". He was provost of Eton College from 1624 until his death, and is buried in the Chapel there. Wotton was born in Kent, England. Long a patron of the arts, he was a close friend of poet John Donne and fishing companion of Izaak Walton, who wrote his biography in 1651. Wotton's handful of surviving poems, among them "The Character of a Happy Life" and "The Queen of Bohemia", have considerable charm. In his novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" (1890), Oscar Wilde named the character Lord Henry after Wotton as an in-joke, denoting a worldly, cynical man with great influence on the young.

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  • Originally Created by: Bobb Edwards
  • Added: 20 Mar 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10646659
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sir Henry Wotton (30 Mar 1568–Dec 1639), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10646659, citing Eton College Chapel, Eton, Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough, Berkshire, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .