Hans Busk (1772–1862)

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Hans Busk the elder (28 May 1772 – 8 February 1862) was a Welsh poet, who published poems during the period 1814–34.

His poems included titles such as "The Banquet", "The Dessert" and "The Vestriad". Although obscure today, they did receive some attention at the time, for instance "The Banquet" and "The Vestriad" were reviewed in the Literary Gazette, the latter on the front page.[1][2]

Hans Busk lived at Glenalder Hall (or Glenalders), Nantmel, Radnorshire, Wales, and was a justice of the peace. He served as High Sheriff of Radnorshire in 1837. He later lived at Culverden Grove, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.[3]

He lived for many years at Great Cumberland Place, near Hyde Park in the City of Westminster, where he died in 1862.


He was the youngest son of Sir Wadsworth Busk and Alice, daughter of Edward Parish. His father served as Attorney General of the Isle of Man for more than twenty years, where Hans received his early education.[4] His grandfather Jacob Hans Busk was an immigrant from Sweden or Norway.

In April or May 1814 he married Maria, daughter of Joseph Green. His eldest son was Hans Busk the younger. His daughters were Julia Clara Pitt Byrne; Rachel Harriette Busk; Maria Georgiana Loder, wife of Sir Robert Loder, 1st Baronet; Amelia Sophia Crawford (1817–1896);[5] and Frances Rosalie Vansittart (involved in the important legal case Vansittart v. Vansittart against her husband in the Court of Chancery). The book Converts to Rome separately lists all five of his daughters as having converted to Catholicism, although in the case of Maria Georgiana it was when she was in her seventies.[6]


  1. ^ "The Banquet: in three cantos. London, 1819". The London Literary Gazette. 3 (110): 130–132. 27 February 1819. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  2. ^ "Review of New Books: The Vestriad, a Poem. By Hans Busk, Esq. London, 1819". The London Literary Gazette. 3 (129): 433–435. 10 July 1819. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  3. ^ Cracroft's Peerage
  4. ^ "A distinguished High Sheriff". Radnorshire Society transactions. Cylchgronau Cymru (Welsh Journals online). 28: 38–39. 1958. Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Rose Mary Crawford". anatpro.com. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  6. ^ W. Gordon Gorman, ed. (1910). Converts to Rome: a biographical list of the more notable converts to the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom during the last sixty years. London: Sands & Co. pp. 43,45,68,175,279. Retrieved 2011-03-02.  (Amelia Sophia, married to Mervyn Archdall Nott Crawford, M.D., who was M.A. at Trinity College, Cambridge according to Alumni Cantabrigienses[1], is most likely the "Mrs. Crawford", wife of Mervyn Crawford, M.A. Trinity College, listed on p. 68)

External links[edit]

 Henderson, Thomas Finlayson (1885–1900). "Busk, Hans (1772-1862)". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co.