The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1429 Monday 16 August 1999.
Date: Sunday, 15 Aug 1999 17:58:51 +0200
Subject: 10.1416 Re: Hoghton Tower Controversy
Comment: Re: SHK 10.1416 Re: Hoghton Tower Controversy
The Hoghton connection might perhaps bear a clue to the identity of Mr.
W.H. of the Sonnets. In "Shakespeare: the 'lost years'" (2nd ed., 1998,
p. 53; cf. pp. 12 and 146) Honigmann mentions a William Hoghton, second
son of Thomas Hoghton II. Thomas II died in 1589. One of the three
'Hoghton' epigrams by John Weever ("Epigrammes in the oldest cut, and
newest fashion", 1599) was dedicated to William Hoghton of Grimsargh:
"In Gulielmum Houghton". Epigram 22 by Weever was dedicated "Ad
Gulielmum Shakespeare" in the form of a Shakespearean sonnet. Can we
thus add William Hoghton's name to the list of candidates for Mr. W.H.
in the dedication of the Sonnets (or was this done before)? Honigmann
does not make this connection.