Matthew Prior (1664-1721), Poet, politician; MP and Chief Secretary for Ireland, Ambassador to France
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Prior was a poet, Tory politician and diplomat who held important positions between 1690 and 1715. He was arrested in 1715 for his part in a corruption and treason scandal. Many important Tories, who sympathised with him, sponsored a hugely profitable edition of his poems.