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DEVON POETS

Transcripts from

West-Country Poets: their lives and works:
being an account of about four hundred verse writers
of Devon and Cornwall with poems and extracts

by W. H. Kearley Wright

Provided by Sandra Windeatt

Book Introduction

Book Index

Transcripts of some of the biographies

This book, published in 1896, includes about 400 writers in total.  It was indexed for GENUKI by Linda Cross and I ordered it from the library.  While I had it on loan, I managed to transcribe the biographies of nearly 50 or so of the Devonshire poets.   These are listed below together with other surnames that are cited in that biography. I do not have the book any longer (it has gone back to the library) so cannot do any lookups but am, of course, very eager for any errors or omissions to be corrected or pointed out.

I have taken the liberty of typing the surnames in capital letters. Many thanks to Linda Cross for typing the original index.  I would never have found the book if it weren't for her kindness in sharing this information.

The Selection: This was entirely personal.  I typed up eight biographies of people who were connected with an incident in 1812 in which I am interested (the destruction of Childe's tombe on Dartmoor).  Then I just typed up items about people that took my fancy - especially the poets of humble origins who may not be well documented elsewhere.  The book includes biographies of some interesting Cornish poets but I am afraid I ignored them.  I typed as many as I could in the time.  I tried to be as faithful as possible to the original punctuation, etc. but  I may have made a few mistakes.  I also deviated from the original in typing the surnames of people cited in capital letters

The Poetry:  I have no literary knowledge and found most of the poetry very hard-going.  As a result, I  gave up typing some of  the poems after one verse.    But I did transcribe in full the two poems in Devonshire dialect: LETTER TA ZOGG by Henry Baird and SATAN'S VISIT TO NORTH LEW AS TOLD BY MA GRANFER. by Elias Tozer.  For those of us not lucky enough to have been born and bred in Devon, the latter has been kindly translated by Ian James.


The People:

Poet Dates Main Place of Abode Main Occupation Other people mentioned
AGGETT, Thomas Henry 1863- Torquay - originally Cornwall Railway Porter TAYLOR
ALFORD, Daniel Pring 1838- Tavistock - originally Somerset Clergyman ALFORD (3), SMITH, TAIT, TANCOCK, POWELL, PRING, BROWNE 
BAIRD, Henry 
 ('Nathan Hogg')
1829-1881 Exeter - originally Starcross Journalist BRUSHFIELD, GLANVILLE,  KENNAWAY, BUCKINGHAM. LATIMER
BAMPFYLDE, John Codrington 1754-1796 Poltimore None BAMPFIELD, SOUTHEY, JACKSON, PALMER,REYNOLDS
BARING-GOULD, Sabine 1834- Lew Trenchard Clergyman BARING-GOULD, BOND, GOULD
BRADFORD, John 
('Josias Homeley'), 
fl. 1843 Newton Abbot - originally North Devon Excise Officer BRADFORD, CREWS, BOWRING
BRAY, Edward Atkyns 1778-1857 Tavistock Clergyman BRAY, TREMAINE, BARING-GOULD, PARK, RITSON, EDWARDS,MATHIAS, SLEEMAN, ADAM, HUNT, BRAY (Mrs.),  SOUTHEY.
BRETT, Lyne 1713-1741 Plymouth    
BRICE, Andrew 1690-1773 Exeter Printer BRICE, Andrew (father)
BRIDGES, Matthew fl.1825-48     BRIDGES, John (father?)
BURT, W. 1778-1826 Plymouth Lawyer CARRINGTON, BURT, Seymour (nephew)
CAPERN, E. 1819-1894 Bideford - originally Tiverton Postman ROCK, FROUDE, LANDOR, BURRITT
CARRINGTON, N.T. 1777-1830 Plymouth Dock Teacher FOOT, FOX, CARRINGTON, HEMANS, BURT
CHEARE, Abraham died 1668 Plymouth Non-conformist Minister EDWARDS, LARK
COAKER, Jonas 1801-1890 Post Bridge Labourer RENDLE, MAN, BURNARD
COLLING, Mary M. 1805-1853 Tavistock Domestic Servant COLLING (3), HUGHES, BRAY, SOUTHEY, PATTEN, ALFORD, NICHOLLS, LEAMON, BOASE
CREES, William 1854- Exeter - originally Exminster` Many and varied
CROSSING, William 1847- Brent - originally Plymouth Writer IZACKE, WESTCOTE,  RISDON, HOLMES, SEYMOUR, ROWE, MACPHERSON
CUMING, Mrs. S. fl. 1872 Totnes Wife of borough surveyor and architect 
CURZON, Frank 1819- Leeds - originally Exeter Artist  
DART, H. fl. 1830 COCKREM
DOWN, Eliza. fl. 1878 Torrington "elderly spinster in rather humble life" ROCK
EDGCUMBE, Sir Richard 1528-1562 Milton Abbot EDGCUMBE, DURNFORD, CAREW
FOOT, Edward Edwin 1828- London - originally Ashburton Appointment in Her Majesty's Customs Office GIFFORD, FOOT, CAUNTER, SIMPSON
FOUNTAIN, John fl. 1550
GIFFORD, William 1756-1826 Ashburton Editor of the Quarterly Review GIFFORD, CAREW, SMERDON, TAYLOR, COOKESLEY, COLERIDGE, LOCKHART
GOODWIN, John Plymouth - originally Cambridgeshire Stage Coach Guard
GREGORY, John 1831- Bristol - originally Bideford Weslyan Preacher GREGORY, CAPERN
HAMLYN, George 1819- Plymouth - originally Bickleigh Small Farmer WOOD
JOHNS, John fl. 1828 Crediton - died Liverpool Unitarian Minister WORTH, CAMPBELL, BOASE, COURTNEY, CARRINGTON
JONES, Christopher fl. 1772-1782 EXETER - probably originally Crediton Wool-comber DAVIDSON
KEAST, George V c.1850- Plymouth - originally Devonport Newspaper Editor JAGO
KENNICOTT, Benjamin 1718-1783 Oxford - originally Totnes Clergyman KENNICOTT (2), HELE, COURTNEY, HICKS, CHAMPERNOWNE, FOWNES LUTTRELL, WINDEATT
KING, Richard John 1818-1879 Crediton - originally Plymouth Writer KING, MURRAY, SMITH
KITTO, John 1804-1854 Plymouth Writer ROBERTS, BURNARD, KNIGHT, OLIPHANT, EADIE, KITTO
KNIGHT, Thomas H. 1863- Yorkshire - originally Lostwithiel Customs Officer  
LATEY, John Lash fl. 1839 Barnstaple - originally  Printer LATEY, SMITH
LOCK, John fl. 1860 South Molton Wool-comber  
LYDE, George 1601-1673 Widdecombe - originally Totnes Clergyman PRINCE
MANLEY, Richard d. 1834 South Molton Journeyman Saddler MANLEY
MANN, William fl. 1846 Ashburton GIFFORD
McCARTNEY, Thomas Joseph died 1894 Plymouth Victualler  
PHILLPOTTS, Eden 1862- Plymouth Writer PHILLPOTTS (2), HOLMES, POLLARD, HENRY, BISHOP OF EXETER, JEROME, GROVES.
PROWSE, William Jefferey 1836-1870 Torquay   KEATS, JEFFEREY, PROWSE
TOZER, Elias 1825-1873 Exeter Newspaper Reporter
WILLS, Samuel 1837- Various - originally Dodbrooke Teacher  
WINDEATT, Mary 1811-1873 Totnes - originally Deptford   KNOWLES (2), FUSELI, WINDEATT
WINDEATT, Thomas White 1769-1827 Totnes  Non-Conformist Minister WINDEATT (2)
WOLCOT, John 
('Peter Pindar')
1738-1819 Various - originally Dodbrooke Doctor, Priest TRELAWNEY, TERRICK, OPIE, GIFFORD, BANKS
WORTH, R. N. fl. 1875      
WORTHY, Charles 1840- Ashburton entry not completed - sorry
WRIGHT, William Henry Kearley 
(editor of the book)
1844- Plymouth Librarian WRIGHT, JAGO, DRAKE, BRIDGES, RATTENBURY, SHEBBEARE

Last updated 17 Oct 2014 - Brian Randell.

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