John Taylor

John Taylor

Gloucester, England
John Taylor
Gloucester, England
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John Taylor was an English poet who dubbed himself "The Water Poet".


He was born in Gloucester, 24 August 1578.

After his waterman apprenticeship he served (1596) in Essex's fleet, and was present at Flores in 1597 and at the siege of Cadiz.

He spent much of his life as a Thames waterman, a member of the guild of boatme ...
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