Matthew Pilkington, the son of Irish clergyman, entered Trinity College Dublin as a pensioner in 1718 (B.A. 1722). He was patronized by Jonathan Swift, who in 1732 obtained for him the position of Chaplain to the Lord Mayor of London. Pilkington had a troubled relationship with his wife, the poet Laetitia Pilkington; evidently jealous of her poetry (which he nonetheless showed to Pope), he forced a separation on grounds of infidelity. Her side of the story is told in her Memoirs.
Poems on several occasions. 1730.
Election of a Lord Mayor; sermon. 1733.
An ode to be performed at the castle of Dublin. 1734.
The evangelical history and harmony. 1747.
A rational concordance; or, an index to the Bible. 1749.
Visitation sermon. 1755.
Remarks upon several passages of scripture. 1759.
Gentleman's and connoisseur's dictionary of painters. 1774.