Rowe, Nicholas (1673-1718). poet and dramatist, was the son of a lawyer, and was born in Bedfordshire. He was educated at Westminster School, and was intended for the law, but preferred to write for the stage. His first tragedy appeared when he was twenty-four, and he afterwards wrote many others - notably Jane Shore, The Fair Penitent, Tamerlane, and Lady Jane Crrey. On George I.'s accession he was made Poet-Laureate, his most remarkable achievement in poetry being his version of Lucan's Pkarsalia. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.