William Lithgow (traveller and author)

William Lithgow (traveller and author)

William Lithgow (1582 - 1645), traveller, writer and alleged spy, born at Lanark, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, claimed at the end of his various peregrinations to have tramped 36,000 miles on foot.

Prior to 1610 he had visited Shetland, Switzerland, and Bohemia. In that year he set out for Palestine and Egypt. His next journey, 1614-16, was in Tunis and Fez; but his last, 1619-21, to Spain, ended unfortunately in his apprehension at Malaga and torture as a spy. He gave an account of his travels in "Rare Adventures and Paineful Peregrinations", and wrote "The Siege of Breda", "The Siege of Newcastle", and "Poems".

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* [http://www.electricscotland.com/history/other/lithgow_william.htm Significant Scots - William Lithgow]


*A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature

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