Sir George Buck 1560-1622
Sir George BUCK 1560-1622
Eldest son of Robert Buck (d.1580), church official, and Elizabeth Nunn, née Petterill, of Brandon Ferry, Suffolk. Educated at Cambridge and entered the Middle Temple in 1585. He served as government envoy to Queen Elizabeth, first to France in 1587 and against the Spanish Armada in 1588. He later served as Master of the Revels to James I in 1603. MP for Gatton, Surrey in 1593 and 1597. A scholar and author of historical and genealogical works, Buck is best known for his The History of King Richard the Third, though this was revised by his great-nephew, George Buck, and passed off as his own in 1646.
Noted for having owned a number of contemporary play texts, though this will have been only a small part of his library.
- Erne, L. Shakespeare and the book trade, 2013, 199-200.
- Kincaid, Arthur. "Buck [Buc], Sir George (bap. 1560, d. 1622), master of the revels and historian." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.