Bellenden, William (1555-1633)

Bellenden, William (c. 1555-1633), a Scottish author, who was born, it would seem, at Lass-wade. Most likely a Catholic, he was a professor in the university, and an advocate in the parliament, of Paris, and was employed in a diplomatic capacity by James VI., who about 1610 made him Master" of Requests. His Ciceronis Princeps (1608), Ciceronis Consul (1612), and De Statu Prisci Orbis (1615), he republished in 1616 under the title De Statu Libri tres. His crowning labour was De Tribus Luminibus Romanorum, (1634), the 'three luminaries' being Cicero, Seneca, and Pliny, out of whose works he ill-tended to compile a digest of the civil and religious history and the moral and physical science of the Romans. His works furnished the materials for Middleton's Life-of Cicero. Warton first denounced the theft, which Dr Parr made clear in his edition of the De Statu (1787).
References
1. Chamber's Biographical Dictionary, Philadelphia, 1926, page 87.

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