The son of a clergyman (also Thomas, also an Oxford graduate), Thomas Penrose entered Christ Church College Oxford in 1759 (B.A. from Hart Hall, 1766). In 1762 he left Oxford to take a position as lieutenant of marines in an ill-fated naval expedition to South America; he acquitted himself with reputation but ruined his health. Penrose was Curate of Newbury, later promoted to the rectory of Beckington with Standerwick (1777-79). The sad history of Penrose's life may have had something to do with the brief popularity of his poetry — he was anthologized in Anderson's British Poets, though omitted in Chalmers.
1763Elegy on leaving the River of Plate, after the unsuccesful Attack of Nova Colonia.
1770 ca.The Curate, a Fragment.
1770 ca.The Harp.
1770 ca.The Hermit's Vision.
1770 ca.The Navy. A Fragment.
1775The Helmets, a Fragment.
The righteous blessed in death. A sermon. 1774.
Flights of fancy. 1775.
Poems, ed. James Pettit Andrews. 1781.
Address to the genius of Britain. 1782.