July 15th Winthrop MackworthPraed (Death)


Winthrop Mackworth Praed (1802 – 1839) was a politician and poet.

A member of the leading Praed family of Cornwall, he was educated at Eton and Cambridge (Trinity College) where, four times, he won the Browne medal for Greek verse and the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for English verse twice. Praed was called to the bar (Middle Temple) in 1829 and, although, by nature, a Whig he was chosen, by Lord Falmouth, to be the Tory Member of Parliament for St. Germans in 1830. 

With the borough changes due to the Reform Act (1832), which occurred in large part due to the boroughmongering of Sir Christopher Hawkins (April 6th) he contested St. Ives but lost to James Halse (January 28th)

In 1833, he published a number of near – libellous verses in ‘Trash’ which he ‘dedicated without respect to James Halse, M.P.’   These were typical of his sardonic verses and they were collected and published again, posthumously, in 1844.

In 1835, Praed married Helen Bogle but died, in 1839, of tuberculosis at Chester Square, London.



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