Clubbe, William (DNB00)


CLUBBE, WILLIAM (1745–1814), poetical writer, was seventh son of the Rev. John Clubbe [q. v.], rector of Whatfield, Suffolk. He was baptised at Whatfield on 16 April 1745, and educated at Caius College, Cambridge, where he graduated LL.B. in 1769. In the same year he was instituted to the rectory of Flowton, and in the following year to the vicarage of Brandeston, both in Suffolk. At the latter place he continued to reside till 1808, when, having lost his wife, he removed to the house of his youngest brother, Nathaniel, an attorney at Framlingham, where he died on 16 Oct. 1814. His wife was Mary, daughter of the Rev. William Henchman; but he had no issue.

His works include: 1. ‘The Emigrants, a Pastoral,’ Ipswich, 1793, 8vo. 2. ‘Six Satires of Horace; in a style between free imitation and literal version,’ Ipswich, 1795, 4to. 3. ‘The Epistle of Horace to the Pisos on the Art of Poetry; translated into English verse,’ Ipswich, 1797, 8vo. The original manuscript is in the British Museum, Addit. MS. 19201. 4. ‘The Omnium; containing the Journal of a late Three Days Tour in France; curious and extraordinary anecdotes, critical remarks, and other miscellaneous pieces, in prose and verse,’ Ipswich, 1798, 8vo (cf. Addit. MS. 19l97). 5. ‘Ver: de Agricola Puero, Anglo Poemate celeberrimo excerptum, et in morem Latini Georgici redditum,’ Ipswich, 1801, 12mo, 1804, 8vo. A translation into Latin of part of Bloomfield's ‘Farmer's Boy.’ 6. ‘Parallel between the Characters and Conduct of Oliver Cromwell and Bonaparte.’ 7. ‘Three Lyric Odes, on late Celebrated Occasions,’ Ipswich, 1806, 4to. 8. Miscellaneous poems, in Addit. MS. 19201, f. 81 seq.

[Addit. MSS. 19167 f. 75, 19209 f. 160 b; Biog. Dict. of Living Authors (1816), 67, 422; Cat. of Printed Books in Brit. Mus.; Caulfield's Memoirs of Sir R. Naunton, 21, 22; Gent. Mag. xl. 280, lxxxiv. (ii) 507; Lit. Memoirs of Living Authors (1798), i. 103; Page's Supplement to the Suffolk Traveller, 82; Suffolk Garland, 365.]

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