ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Thomas Stratford

(1735-1795 fl.)


Thomas Stratford, the son of a farmer was born at Toucher, County Westmeath in Ireland. After study with a Mr. Kerr he entered Trinity College Dublin in 1748 (B.A. 1757) and worked as a tutor for a Mr. Nugent, marrying one of his employer's daughters. Stratford was Curate of Scrabby being given the living of Gallstown, Westmeath, worth 300 a year. In 1782 he went to London and pursued a brief and unsuccessful career as a playwright. Horace Walpole was not impressed with his tragedy.


TEXT RECORDS:

1769Four Pastoral Essays. Pastoral I.
1769Four Pastoral Essays. Pastoral II.
1769Four Pastoral Essays. Pastoral III.
1769Four Pastoral Essays. Pastoral IV.

PUBLICATIONS:

Paradisi Amissi Liber Primus Graece. 1770.
First book of Fontenoy, a poem, in nine books. 1782.
Lord Russel, a tragedy. 1794.
The labyrinth [Corneille, trans.] 1795.