Rough, William (1772/3–1838)
Lawyer and poet; only son of William Rough. Educated Westminster (adm. 1786, King’s Scholar 1789) and Trinity College, Cambridge (matric. 1792, BA 1796, MA 1799), he entered Gray’s Inn in 1796, and was called to the Bar at the Inner Temple in 1801. He married Harriet (1778–c. 1820), an illegitimate daughter of John Wilkes (1725–1797; DNB). He served in the judiciary in Demerara and Essequibo and later Ceylon and was knighted in 1837. His literary works included Lorenzo di Medici (1797), The Conspiracy of Gowrie (1800), and Lines on the Death of Sir Ralph Abercromby (1800). He was also a contributor to the Gentleman’s Magazine and the Monthly Magazine. Rough and Southey were friends whilst at Westminster School and remained in contact in later life. He was rumoured to have contributed to The Flagellant (1792).