Busk, Hans (1772-1862) (DNB00)

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BUSK, HANS, the elder (1772–1862), scholar and poet, was descended from the family Du Busc of Normandy, one of whom was created Marquis de Fresney in 1668. The great-grandson of the marquis was naturalised in England in 1723. From his eldest son Lord Houghton was descended, and his youngest son was Sir Wordsworth Busk, treasurer of the Inner Temple. Hans Busk, the youngest son of Sir Wordsworth Busk and Alice, daughter and co-heiress of Edward Parish of Ipswich and Walthamstow, was born on 28 May 1772. Possessing an estate at Glenalder, Radnorshire, he took an active interest in county business, was a justice of the peace, and for some time high sheriff. His leisure was devoted to classical studies and general literature, and he published several volumes of verse, including ‘Fugitive Pieces in Verse,’ 1814; ‘The Vestriad or the Opera, a Mock Epic Poem, in Five Cantos,’ 1819; ‘The Banquet, in Three Cantos,’ 1819; ‘The Dessert, to which is added the Tea,’ 1820; ‘The Lay of Life,’ 1834. He died at Great Cumberland Place, Hyde Park, on 8 Feb. 1862. By his wife, Maria, daughter and heiress of Joseph Green, he left two sons (the eldest of whom was Hans Busk, born 1815 [q. v.]), and five daughters.

[Burke's Landed Gentry, i. 242–3; Annual Register, civ. 336 ; Brit. Mus. Cat.]

T. F. H.