RICHARD BRATHWAIT THE FIRST LAKELAND POET
First published in 2007
Hugill Publications Ltd
Smashwords Edition 2010
Copyright © John Bowes 2007
Cover: Portrait of Richard ‘Dapper Dick’ Braithwaite of Burneside (1588-1673) reproduced by courtesy of Abbott Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria, England.
After retiring from full time employment at the end of 2004 I looked around for something positive to do in order to keep my brain busy. I began by engaging in some research on the history of my sixteenth century home. I soon discovered that my house had been occupied for most of the seventeenth century by members of the Brathwait family and that Richard Brathwait, a writer of the Jacobean and Caroline period, may have lived there at some point.
This naturally aroused my curiosity and I set out to discover as much as I could about this poet who may, albeit at a different time, have shared my home.