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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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by Brad Storey


poet, one of his earliest efforts being composed when he was only fourteen years old; the subject of the poem was Spring, and it consisted of seven stanzas, Doubtless the Rev. James Watson, the classical master of the Lancaster Grammer School during Bryan Waller's attendance there, was instrumental to a high degree in developing the gifts he perceived his pupil possessed. It is evident that the affection of the scholar for his tutor was very sincere, for on the demise of the latter, a beautiful tribute was paid by the former to his memory. It consisted of sixteen pentameter lines. Four of the lines we quote :-

Like Old Quintelian matchless was his skill,
To train the heart and regulate the will,
Tho' deep, yet clear, tho' vigorous yet chaste,
Correct in judgment yet refined in taste.

In January 1784, Bryan Waller entered Trinity College, taking his B.A., degree in January, 1788, and proceeding to his M.A., in July 1791. He was much esteemed by Dr. T. Postlethwaite, a native of Lancaster, who became Master of Trinity in succession to Dr. Hinchcliffe. It is impossible to deal in extenso with the varied and stirring scenes, political, as well as literary and theological in which Mr. Waller played fairly prominent parts.

In November, 1790, he became private tutor to Viscount Pollington, son of the Earl of Mexborough, of Methley Park, near Leeds. In the May of the following year he vacated this position. He appears to have devoted himself strenuously about this time to literary work, producing inter alia some excellent translations and imitations of the Odes of Horace. In due course he again visited Lancaster, where he addressed an epistle to Edmund Burke, the first orator in England in his day, on learning of this great stateman's intention to quit public life.

Of Bryan Waller's political associations, his secretarial appointment to Mr. Burke and the circumstances that led to it, also of his ordination on the 1st of March, 1795, by Dr. Madan, Bishop of Peterborough, likewise of his literary publications and his friendship with distinguished contemporaries, we must refer the reader to the interesting Diary this able Lancastrian left behind him, and to the series of articles entitled "The Rev. Bryan Waller, M.A., Clergyman and Literatus," which appeared in the Lancaster Guardian in the early part of the year 1909.

In 1798 Mr. Waller officiated as Chaplain at Lancaster Castle, though only for a short time. Visitors to the "Old Lancaster Exhibition," held in 1909, had the opportunity of seeing the Diary, a manuscript book containing poems and a potrait of Mr. Waller. The writer of this brief notice had the pleasure of seeing these some time previous to their inclusion in the exhibition alluded to and was much interested in them. Mr. Waller never held a curacy. In his Diary under date August 5th, 1806, he records his appointment to the Vicariate of Burton-in-Kendal, and states that he "succeeded the Rev. John Hutton, B.D., on the presentation of his daughter and became resident at the Vicarage House the August following." For the potrait of the reverend gentleman we are indebted to Lieut. Storey Waller, who during several interviews expressed the opinion that there was a connection