Mildmay Fane, Earl of Westmorland: My Happy Life, To A Friend

Scope and Content

Translation into Latin by William Wake of Mildmay Fane's poem 'My Happy Life, to a Friend', 7 folios: (fo. iv) F.J.H. Jenkinson, biographical note on W. Wake; (fo. ii) list of the contents, written in the 19th century, of a volume ('Vol 3') once in the possession of F.J.H. Jenkinson, from which the present manuscript was taken; (fo. 1v) title-page; (fo. 2) text. Inside front cover is the bookplate of the Earl of Westmorland, 1856.

Administrative / Biographical History

Mildmay Fane, 2nd Earl of Westmorland (d. 1666), was the eldest son of Francis Fane, 1st Earl. He attended Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and served as the Member of Parliament for Peterborough, 1621 and 1626-1628, and Kent, 1625. He was created Knight of the Bath in 1625. Fane supported the king at the outbreak of the Civil War, and was fined and sequestrated by Parliament in 1642. The sequestation was discharged in 1644, and he became joint Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire in 1660. Fane had his collection of poems, Otia sacra, printed privately in 1648. He died on 12 February 1666.

William Wake (d. 1661) attended Emmanuel College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He was ordained deacon and priest in 1622, and was Chaplain to the Earl of Westmorland, before becoming Rector of Holy Trinity, Wareham, in Dorset, 1625-1661.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by Francis Jenkinson, 1901.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Mildmay Fane in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. VI (London, 1908), pp. 1042-1043, and the entry on William Wake in John Venn and J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses, Part I, Vol. IV (Cambridge University Press, 1927), p. 311.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Custodial History

The volume was purchased by F.J.H. Jenkinson at the Westmorland sale, 1887.


The original English version of the poem is printed on p. 136 of A.B. Grosart, ed., The poems of Mildmay 2d Earl of Westmoreland (1879), a reprint of Fane's Otia sacra, in which the poem is featured at p. 134. An original Latin poem of the Earl's, with the title 'Ad Amicum, de Vita beata', is printed on p. 152 of Grosart's book, and on p. 150 of Otia sacra.