(1689 - 1745)
Translator and poet.
Painted by John Theordore Heins, 1755
of Norwich, Norfolk
William Broome (1689–1745) was an English poet and translator. He was born in Haslington, near Crewe, Cheshire and died in Bath. He was educated at Eton and St John's College, Cambridge. He entered the Church, and became rector of Sturston in Suffolk, and later Pulham in Norfolk and Eye in Suffolk. He was chaplin to Lord Cornwallis. He translated the Iliad in prose along with others, and was employed by Alexander Pope, whom he excelled as a Greek scholar, in translating the Odyssey. He also translated the Odes of Anacreon and he also published some verses of his own. He died at Bath in 1745 and was interred in the Abbey Church.
The above portrait was engraved by E Findon and published by John Chidley, London. There is possibly also another engraved version of the same portrait engraved by George Vertue (1683-1756).
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