William Lithgow (traveller and author)
William Lithgow (c.1585–c.1645) was a Scottish traveller, writer and alleged spy. He claimed at the end of his various peregrinations to have tramped 36,000 miles on foot.
Life and adventures
William Lithgow was born at Lanark, the oldest son of the merchant James Lithgow and Alison Grahame, his wife. A family tradition had it that William was discovered in the company of a certain Miss Lockhart, and her four brothers cut off his ears, earning him the nickname "lugless willy".
Prior to 1610 he had visited Shetland, Switzerland, and Bohemia. In that year he set out from Paris for Rome on the 7 March, where he remained for four weeks before moving on to other parts of Italy: Naples, Ancona, before moving on to Athens, Constantinople, and others. After a three-month stay in Constantinople, he sailed to other Grecian localities and then on to Palestine, arriving in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday 1612, and later on to Egypt.
- Rare Adventures and Paineful Peregrinations, an account of his travels
- The Siege of Breda,
- The Siege of Newcastle,
- Lithgow, William (1643), "The present surveigh of London and England's state", in Somers, J. Somers, A collection of scarce and valuable tracts..., 4, pp. 534–545
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons. Wikisource
- Martin Garrett, 'Lithgow, William (b. 1582, d. in or after 1645)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 28 April 2017
- Reid, Thomas (10 April 1911), "Notes on the life of William Lithgow, Traveller" (PDF), Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland: 403–415
- "Lithgow, William". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
- Significant Scots – William Lithgow
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