Local authors

Local authors for the community.

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Author Date Association with Amesbury
Joseph Addison 1672-1719 Poet, essayist and statesman educated at Amesbury
John Gay 1685-1732 Poet and dramatist; lived at Abbey House with the Queensberrys 1729-1732. Wrote most of The Beggar's Opera here.
Catherine, Duchess of Queensberry d. 1777 Friend and correspondent of literary men; lived at Abbey House
Richard Hooker c.1554-1600 Rector of Boscombe when he wrote the first 4 books (part 1) of his 'Laws of Eccesiastical Polity' published 1593.