Samuel Rowlands 1565-1628
Samuel ROWLANDS 1565-1628
Born at East Smithfield, London, son of Anthony Rowlands, cooper; the family were of Dutch descent. He followed in his father's trade, and served as a churchwarden and constable in his parish; he also wrote and published numerous verse satires, epigrams and devotional meditations.
A list of 34 books owned at the time of his death, inscribed on the flyleaf of a book, is edited as PLRE 271. The books include many literary titles, as well as some theology, history, and practical manuals on medicine and law; apart from one Dutch title, they are all in English.
None of Rowlands's books have been identified.
- Black, J. L. Samuel Rowlands. Craftsman, Private Libraries in Renaissance England 9 (2017), 191-199.
- Gair, Reavley. '"Rowlands, Samuel (fl. 1598–1628), satirist."' Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.