Peter Bayley, miscellaneous writer, was the son of a Nantwich solicitor. He attended Rugby School (1790) and Merton College (1796). In 1799 he left Oxford to attend Lincoln's Inn. Rather than pursue a career in the law, Bayley turned to literature, publishing poetry and editing the Literary Museum, a weekly periodical. Bayley's tragedy Orestes was acted at Covent Garden with Charles Kemble in the lead part. Wordsworth was extremely unhappy with Bayley's plagiarism of Lyrical Ballads. A volume of poetry was posthumously published.
Idwal, and other portions of a poem, to which is added Gryphiadaea. 1817.
A queen's appeal. 1820.
Observations on the plan of an institution for the promotion of industry and provident economy among the manufacturing and labouring classes. 1819.
Sketches from St. George's Fields. 1820.
Sketches from St. George's Fields. Second Series. 1821.
Idwal: a Poem. 1824.
Orestes in Argos; a tragedy. 1825.