Dr. John Wolcot


John Wolcot took his M.D. from Aberdeen in 1767 and was ordained in England in 1769. He was physician to the governor of Jamaica (1767-69) and rector of Vere, Jamaica (1770); after 1773 he practiced medicine in Cornwall before moving to London in 1778 to pursue a career as art critic and satirist. Wolcot wrote for Monthly Review (1793-1796) and as "Peter Pindar" became the most prolific and successful burlesque poet of the later eighteenth century. His particular targets were the Royal Academy and the royal family.


1777Karn-brae, a Druid Ode.
1785To a Lady, with the Sonnets of Petrarch. In the Manner of Spencer.
1789In imitation of Spenser, written at Santa Cruz.
1790Pastoral Ballad.
1793Lines intended to be subjoined to Dryden's Ode on Alexander's Feast.
1796Delia: a Pastoral Elegy.
1796Modes of Courtship. Devonshire Hob's Love.
1796On the Death of a Musical Friend. A Pastoral Elegy.
1801 ca.Julia; or, the Victim of Love. A Pastoral Ballad.
1804A Pastoral Elegy, on the Death of Jackson, the Musical Composer.
1808Alexander's Feast: an Ode.


Persian love elegies. 1773.
A poetical, supplicating, modest, and affecting epistle to the reviewers. 1778.
Poems on various subjects. 1778.
Lyric odes to the Royal Academicians. 1782, 1783.
Lyric odes for the year 1785.
The lousiad: a heroi-comic poem. 1785-95.
Farewell odes for the year 1786. 1786.
Bozzy and Piozzi, or the British biographers: a town eclogue. 1786.
A poetical and congratulatory epistle to James Boswell. 1786.
A congratulatory epistle to Peter Pindar. 1787.
Ode upon ode: or a peep at St. James's. 1787.
An apologetic postscript to Ode upon ode. 1787.
Instructions to a celebrated laureat. 1787.
Brother Peter to brother Tom [Warton]: an expostulatory epistle. 1788.
Peter's pension: a solemn epistle. 1788.
Peter's prophesy: or the president and the poet. 1788.
Sir Joseph Banks and the Emperor of Morocco. 1788.
Tales and fables. 1788.
Expostulatory odes to a great Duke and a little lord. 1789.
Lyric odes to the academicians and subjects for painters. 1789.
A poetical epistle to a falling minister. 1789.
A benevolent epistle to Sylvanus Urban, alias John Nichols. 1790.
A complimentary epistle to James Bruce. 1790.
Epistle to John Nichols. 1790.
A letter to the most insolent man alive. 1790.
The remonstrance; to which is added an ode to my son. 1791.
Odes to Mr Paine author of Rights of man. 1791.
The rights of Kings: or loyal odes to disloyal academicians. 1791.
A commiserating epistle to James Lowther. 1791.
A pair of lyric epistles to Lord Macartney and his ship. 1792.
Odes of importance. 1792.
More money: or odes of instruction to Mr Pitt. 1792.
The tears of St Margaret. 1792.
Odes to Kien Long. 1792.
The captive King. 1793?
A poetical, serious and possibly impertinent epistle to the Pope. 1792.
Pindariana. 1794.
Celebration, or the academic procession to St. James's: an ode. 1794.
Pathetic odes. 1794.
Hair powder: a plaintive epistle to Pitt. 1795.
The convention bill: an ode. 1795.
Liberty's last squeak. 1795.
The royal tour and Weymouth amusements. 1795.
The royal visit to Exeter. 1795.
The cap: a satiric poem. 1795?
An admirable satire on Burke's defense of his pension. 1796.
One thousand seven hundred and ninety-six. 1797.
An ode to the livery of London. 1797.
Picturesque views with poetical allusions. 1797.
Tales of the Hoy: part the first. 1798?
Nil admirari: or a smile of a bishop. 1799.
Pilkington's dictionary of painters, ed. Wolcot. 1799.
Lord Auckland's triumph: or the death of crim con. 1800.
Odes to ins and outs. 1801.
Out at last. 1801.
A poetical epistle to Count Rumford. 1801.
Tears and smiles. 1801.
Epistle to James Lowther. 1802.
'P. Hamlin,' The horrors of bribery. 1802.
Pitt and his statue. 1802.
The island of innocence. 1802.
The Middlesex election. 1802.
Great cry and little wool. 1804.
An instructive epistle to the Lord Mayor. 1804.
The beauties of English poetry, selected by Dr. Wolcot. 2 vols, 1804.
Tristia: or the sorrows of Peter. 1806.
One more peep at the Royal Academy. 1808.
The fall of Portugal, or the royal exiles: a tragedy [Wolcot?]. 1808.
A solemn epistle to Mrs. Clarke. 1809.
Epistle the second to Mrs. Clarke. 1809.
Carlton House fete: or the disappointed bard, in a series of elegies. 1811.
An address to be spoken at the opening of Drury Lane theatre by Peter Puncheon. 1813.
The Regent and the King. 1814.
Royalty fogbound. 1814.
Tom Halliard: a ballad. 1815?
A most solemn epistle to the Emperor of China. 1817.
Works. 5 vols, 1812.