Denny, William (DNB00)


DENNY, Sir WILLIAM (fl. 1653), who was created a baronet by Charles I 3 June 1642, was the author of a treatise entitled ‘Pelecanicidium, or the Christian adviser against self-murder,’ London, 1651, in prose and verse; and of a pastoral poem, ‘The Shepheards Holiday,’ written in 1653, but not published till 1870 in Huth's ‘Inedited Poetical Miscellanies.’ Denny also contributed commendatory verses to Stuart's ‘Rhoden and Iris,’ 1631, to ‘Annales Dubrenses,’ 1635, and to Benlowes' ‘Theophila,’ 1652. In 1654 it was proposed by the royalists to grant Denny the governorship of Yarmouth (Clarendon, State Papers, iii. 248). He married Catherine Young, and died in great poverty, apparently before the Restoration.

[Corser's Collectanea, pt. v.; Blomefield's Norfolk, iii. 377, xi. 34.]

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