1590 ca1636 ca
an English dramatist. Sampson is thought to have been born about 1590 at South Leverton, a village near Retford, Nottinghamshire, into a yeoman family. From early life he was in service in local households of the neighbourhood. He found a permanent position as a retainer by 1628 in the family of Sir Henry Willoughby, 1st Baronet, of Risley, Derbyshire, where Phineas Fletcher resided between 1616 and 1621. Sampson died soon after the publication of his Virtus post Funera in 1636.
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Dacity: Energy; activity; capability. Shortened from audacity; Latin audax, audacem, spirited. William Sampson in T...
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