Declaracion, and Sad encomion, by Sir Thomas Wroth

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Comprises Wroth's prose "Declaracion of the life sicknes and death of his dearest and most beloved wife" (ff.1r-3r), followed by his poetic "Sad encomion upon his dearest consorte Dame Margaret Wrothe whoe dyed of a fever at Petherton Parcke in the County of Somerset about midnight of the 14 daye of October 1635" (ff.3r-4v).

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Thomas Wroth, 1584-1672, was a writer and parliamentarian. He married Margaret, daughter of Richard Rich, and sister of Sir Nathaniel Rich. For a full account of his life, see the entry in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Purchased at Sotheby, 29 October 1975 (Lot 151)


In English

Other Finding Aids

The poem is indexed in the BCMSV database

Custodial History

Originally owned by Sir Nathaniel Rich


The "Declaracion" was published by Michael Brennan in English Manuscript Studies, 2 (1990), 269-82.

Additional Information

A photocopy of the published version of the "Sad Encomion" (1635) is kept with the manuscript