Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Vanbrugh, Sir John (d. 1726), dramatist, was born in the 17th century, the year of his birth being unknown. He was first in the army, but in 1697 appeared as a playwriter, his Relapse being produced at Drury Lane with great success. The Provoked Wife followed soon after, and in 1705 his best play, The Confederacy, was brought out. Previous to this he had become known as an architect; Castle Howard, Blenheim Palace, and Greenwich Hospital were wholly or partially designed by him.

“The meanest and most contemptible person whom we behold is the offspring of heaven, one of the children of the Most High; and, however unworthily he may behave, so long as God hath not passed on him a final sentence, He will have us acknowledge him as one of His; and, as such, to embrace him with a sincere and cordial affection.”
–Henry Scougal, The Life of God in the Soul of Man