Robert Hayman

(c. 1575—1629) colonist and poet

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(1575–1629). Reared in Devon, England, he was a graduate of Exeter College, Oxford, and a student at Lincoln's Inn, London. During his stay at Lincoln's Inn, ‘his geny being well known to be poetical’, he became acquainted with Michael Drayton, Ben Jonson, George Withers, and other poets. Around 1618 he became governor of the Bristol merchant's plantation at Bristol's Hope in Conception Bay, Newfoundland. His initial visit to the colony was for fifteen months; he returned in successive summers until around 1628. In an address to Charles i in 1628 Hayman admitted that the commodities so far received from Newfoundland ‘are in their particulars base, and meane’; yet, he added, ‘they honestly imploye many people’. He proposed that Charles rename the island Britaniola. Hayman died while on an expedition up the Oyapock River in South America.


From The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature in Oxford Reference.

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