Extracts from: Wood A., Athenae Oxoniensis. new ed. 4v. 1813-20.

Edward Stradling, son of Sir Thomas Stradling Knight1, by Catherine his wife, daughter of Sir Thomas Gamage of Coyty, Knight, was born of, and lineally descended from an antient and knightly family of his name, living at St Donat's castle in Glamorganshire, educated in several sorts of learning in this university, but before he took a degree, he left it, travelled into various countries, spent some time at Rome, returned an accomplished gentleman, and retiring to his patrimony, which was large, did build a firm structure upon that foundation of literature that he had laid here and elsewhere. In 1575, or the year after, he received the honour of knighthood, was made a justice of peace, became a very useful man in his country, and was at the charge of such Herculean2 works for the public good, that no man in his time went beyond him. But above all he is to be remembered for his singular knowledge in the British language and antiquities, for his eminent encouragement of learning and learned men, and for his great expence and infatigable industry in collecting together several monuments and ancient manuscripts of learning and antiquity. All which, with other books, were reduced into a well ordered library at St Donat's, to the great credit and renown of that place and his family. He hath written,

A Welsh Grammar. When or where printed I know not. Of which book, written mostly in Latin, one of his3 countrymen gives this character;

'Hae institiones grammaticae adeo concinne sunt compositae, & omnibus suis numeris absolutae, ut nec eis addi quicquam, nec ab eis demi (meo judicio) quicquam poterit; nisi secundamhujus operis author in posternam editionem maturet.' "Quaere, whether this passage is not spoken of John David Rhese's grammar, not of sir Edward Stradling's?".
He hath also written,
The winning of the Lordship of Glamorgan or Morgannwe out of the Welsh-men's hands, &c.--- Of which book you may see more in The History of Cambria, now called Wales,&c. Printed 1584, p.122, and 141, "to which sir Edward Stradling gave his assisting hand, especially in the "matter of pedigree." This learned and worthy person hath written other things, but such I have not yet seen, nor can I say more of him, only that he paid his last debt to nature in the summer time, in sixteen hundred and nine, aged 30, or more, and was buried in a chappel built by his father, (dedicated to the Virgin Mary,) joining to the parish church of St Donate, between the bodies of his great-grandfather and grandmother on the north-side, and the body of his father on the south-side. He died without male issue, whereupon the estate went to his next kinsman sir John Stradling knight, who was soon after made a baronet: From whom was descended sir Edward Stradling baronet, (a colonel in the army of King Charles I.) buried in Jesus college chappel, 21 June, 1644.
  1. Of St Donat's castle in Glamorganshire. He was knighted Feb 17, 3rd of Edw.VI. When queen Mary succeeded to the crown, 1553, he was appointed, with others, a muster-master to the queen's army, and a commissioner for the marches of Wales. In the same year he was representative in parliament for East Grinstead in Sussex; and, the following year, for Arundel in the same county. In 1558, he was joined with sir Thomas Pope, and others, in a commission for the suppression of heretics. When he died seems uncertain, but he was buried in the chappel added by himself to the parish church of St Donats. Warton, Life of Sir Thomas Pope, London 1780, p219.
  2. See in John Stradling's Epigrams, Lib. 4 p151, 161, &c.
  3. Humphrey Prichard in his preface to Dr David Rhese, his book entitled Cambrobritannica Cymeraecaeve Linguae Institutiones, &c. London 1592.

Extract from Allibone, S.A., A Critical dictionary of English Literature. 3v. 1859-71.

Stradling, Sir Edward, Sheriff of Glamorganshire, 1573, '81, 93; died 1603.

  1. A Welsh Grammar.
  2. The winning of the Lordship of Glamorgan &c.
  3. See Bliss's Wood's Athen. Oxon, ii. 50:
  4. Stradling Correspondence. ed by Rev J.M.Traherne, London 1840, 8vo:
  5. Noticed in Lon.Athen, 1840, 957.

Extracts from: Wood A., Athenae Oxoniensis. new ed. 4v. 1813-20.

George Stradling, fourth son of sir John Stradling of St Donat's castle in Glamorganshire knight was born there, became a companion of Jesus College in Lent term 1636, aged 15 years, took one degree in arts, was elected junior collector of the batchelors in Lent 164?, chosen fellow of All Souls College two years after. Proceeded in arts, and kept his fellowship during the times of trouble and usurpation, being then accounted a rare lutenist, and much valued by Dr Wilson the music professor. After the king's restoration he was made chaplain to Dr Sheldon, Bishop of London and was actually created D.of D. in 1661. On the 30th of July 1663 he was installed a prebendary of Westminster. On the 22nd of July 1671 he was installed chantor of the cathedral church of Chichester, and on the 21st of December 1672 he was installed Dean thereof, in the place of Dr Nath Crew promoted to the see of Oxon. He hath written,
  1. Sermons and Discourses upon several Occasions. London 1692 oct (Bodl 8vo E 15 Linc)
  2. Sermon on John 19:15. London 1675. qu (Bodl 4to D 16 Th)
He died on the 19th April, in 1688 and was buried near the choire of St Peter's, commonly called the Abbey Church, within the city of Westminster. In his deanery succeeded one Dr F Hawkins minister in the Tower of London.

{1660.19 Dec. Georgius Stradling A.M. admiss ad preb. de Wenlocksburn per promot. Brian Walton ad episc Cestr. ad pres.regis Reg. London. 1660.11 Jan. Geo. Stradling A.M. coll. ad rect. de Fulham: succ. Tho. Turner S.T.P. 7 Maii 1688 per mort. Geor. Stradling. Geor. Stradling S.T.P. admiss. ad rect. de Hanwell cum Capella de Brentford annexa 25 Feb. 1661, quam resignavit ante 11 Mar. 1663. Reg. London. Admiss. ad vic. S. Bridgetae Lond. 23 Apr. 1672. quam resign. ante 12 Jan. 1673. Fra. Hawkins S.T.P. coll ad preb. de Wenloksburn 3 Dec. 1688 per mort. Geor. Stradling. KENNET}

Extract from Allibone, S.A., A Critical dictionary of English Literature. 3v. 1859-71.

Stradling, George, Dean of Chichester, 1672, d. 1688. 1.Sermon - John 19 v15, London 1675 4to. 2. XIV Sermons and Discourses with his lute(?) 1692, 8vo. See Bliss'sWood's Athen. Oxon. iv p237.

Extract from Allibone, S.A., A Critical dictionary of English Literature. 4v. 1859-71.

John Stradling, son of Francis Stradling by Elizabeth his wife, was born near Bristol in Somerset, but descended from an antient and knightly family of his name, living at St.Donat's in Glamorganshire, was educated in puerile learning ander a learned and pious man named Edward Green, prebendary of the Cathedral church at Bristol, became a commoner of Brasen-nose college in 1579, aged 16 years or thereabouts, and in 1583 he took a degree in arts as a member of Magdalen hall, being then accounted a miracle for his forwardness in learning and pregnancy of parts. Soon after his great worth being discovered in the metropolis, while he continued in one of the inns of court (but especially after he had returned from his travels beyond the seas) was courted and admired by the learned Cambden, sir John Harrington the poet, Thomas Leyson mention'd before, under the year 1607, (see col 27) and above all by that most noted critic and physician Dr John David Rhese. He hath written and published;
  1. De Vita & Morte contemnenda, Lib.3. Francof. 1597 in Oct. (Bodl. 8vo. P.227. Th.) written to his uncle Sir Edward Stradling fo St Donats whom I have mentioned under the year 1609 (see coll. 50.)
  2. Epigrammatum Libri quatuor. London 1607. in Oct. Two years after he became heir to his uncle before-mentioned, setled at St.Donat's Castle, and was made a Baronet in 1611, at which time he was esteemed a wise and most learned gentleman. Afterwards, being involved in secular affairs, and the services of his country, was taken off from writing till the latter end of the reign of King James I, at which time he published a book entitled;
  3. Beati Pacifici: A divine Poem, written to the king's most excellent Majesty. London 1623, in about eleven sheets in qu. It was perused by his majesty King James I before it went to the press, and 'twas printed by authority. Afterwards he published,
  4. Divine Poems in seven severall Classes, written to King Charles I. London 1625. qu. At the end of which is an epitaph made by him on King James I I have sent several times, to several persons in Wales, to have some account of this person, his last --d, and his epitaph, but no returns are yet made. "Instead of which, the reader may peruse the character of this gentleman, out of Mr Harrington's preface to Dr George Stradling's Sermons. 'Sir John Stradling, bart. the fifth of those 200 original baronets created by King James I, his propensity to learning, and his progress in it, is easily discernable from those his works that are yet extant, and whether it proceeded from the greatness of his parts, the agreeableness of his temper, or the generality of his studies; we shall hardly find any gentleman whatsoever, that, (among all the eminent scholars of that age, men of different professions, and very disagreeable studies) appears by his writings to have gained so universal respect and esteem."

    (Stradling's Divine Poemes are very scarce: a copy however is preserved in Jesus college Library, from which I have made the following extracts.

    It commences with a political dedication to Charles I: then follows;

    "To the reverend father in God, Theophilus, lord-Bishop of Llandaffe, my worthy Diocesan. Sent with a copy to be perused.
    	Loe, here a childe of mine in sacred font
              Alreadie dipt, repayres for confirmation
              To you (my Lord);  reflect your eye upon 't;
              I'm suertie for his Christian education.
              Then on his head impose your hand, and blesse,
              If you approve, the faith he doth confesse.
                   Your Lordships very loving friend,
                                  John Stradling
    The Lord Bishop's answere. I view'd your childe, and I dare swear 'tis yours, So plaine, so pithy, and so like the sire; The theame divine, commends your well spent how'rs The poets furie, and the father's fire. I poz'd him in our vulgar catechism, And thus confirme him - he is void of schisme. Your true loving friend, Theo. Landavensis.
    Another of the same Lord Bishop. This booke's a sustaeme theologicall, A paraphrase upon the Holy Bible: I wish, who stand upon their gentrie, all Such poets were; instructed thus to scribble. No man could write the theory so well, Who did not in the practick part excell. Theo. Landaven.

    The Divine Poems commence,

    A mayden-mother, and a king her sonne, Excite my muse a taske to under-take; The like hath not beene since the world begunnne. My spirits faile, my feeble hand doth shake, My heart, with highnesse of the theame doth tremble: The true heart-searcher knowes I nought disemble. O thou the source, and subject of my song, That canst make babes thy prayses to rehearse: Illuminate my minde, untie my tongue That I may see aright, and sing in verse, Thy high discent, thy birth, thy generation, Life, doctrine, deeds, death, strange resussitation.

    There is nothing poetical in Stradling's muse; the following are , perhaps, among his best lines.
              Oft have I travail'd in a winter's night,
              Wherein dame Phoebe never shew'd her face,
              The lesser sparkling fiers gave some light,
              By which (with heed) my journey I might trace.
              I still expected when the day would peere,
              And faire Aurora shew her count'nance cleare.
              As shee began to rayse her selfe from bed,
              The ushers making way for her approach:
              Bright Phoebus hastning  to thrust out his head,
              And day all prest, in sisters roome t' encroach:
              A sodaine shade, worse then all night before
              Beset me round, and dim'd mine eyes much more.
              Till Titan rowsed with that bold affront,
              His princely palace gates thrust ope in hast,
              Calls for his charret, swiftly mounts upon 't,
              His sight these gloomie shades full quickly chast;
                   By helpe of whose resplendent glorious rayes,
                   All travailers might well discerne their wayes.
              So, neere before this sunne of righteousnesse,
              Bright morning-starre, rose up, the world's true
              Egyptian darknesse did mens hearts possessse,
              The prophecies lay hid, as with the dark night.
                   An argument, Messias birth drew neere,
                   Whose comming should all doubtfull scruple

    Extract from Allibone, S.A., A Critical dictionary of English Literature. 3v. 1859-71.

    Stradling, Sir John, educated at Oxford, was there "accounted a miracle for his forewardness in learning and pregnancy of parts".
    1. De Vita et Morte contemnenda, Lib 3, Francop., 1597, 8vo.
    2. Epigrammata, Lib 4, London 1607, 16mo.
    3. Beatifici Pacifici: A Divine Poem, 1623, 4to.
    4. Divine poems in several Classes, 1625, 4to.

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