Thomas Coombe was born in Philadelphia, where he took his degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. A staunch Tory, he gave up a substantial living to emigrate to England in 1779, where he was patronized by the earl of Carlisle, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Coombe became a fashionable preacher and eventually one of the king's chaplains. His patron was Frederick Howard (1748-1825), fifth earl of Carlisle.
1767An Exercise, containing a Dialogue, and two Odes, performed at the public Commencement in the College of Philadelphia, November 17, 1767.
1775Edwin: or the Emigrant. An Eclogue.
1783The Peasant of Auburn; or, The Emigrant. A Poem.
A sermon, preached at the Parish Church of St. Stephen, Walbrook. For the benefit of the children belonging to the St. Ethelberga Society. 1772.
Edwin: or the emigrant. An eclogue. To which are added three other poetical sketches. 1775.
The peasant of Auburn. 1783.
The influence of Christianity on the condition of the world. A sermon. 1790.