Ebenezer Elliott was raised in a dissenting family, the son of a clerk in an ironworks. Though he had at least some schooling from a master named Joseph Ramsotham, Elliott was largely self-taught. He labored in the family foundry before becoming owner of an iron foundry in Sheffield. When the factory went bankrupt, Elliott was a bar-iron merchant (1821-42). Elliott corresponded from some years with Robert Southey, who took a particular interest in verses by uneducated writers. He became famous later in life for his Corn Law Rhymes, advocating free trade.
The vernal walk. 1801.
The soldier and other poems, by Britannicus. 1810.
Night: a descriptive poem. 1818.
Peter Faultless to his brother Simon; Tales of night, in rhyme, and other poems. 1820.
Love: a poem; The giaour: a satirical poem. 1823.
Scotch nationality: a vision. 1824.
Corn Law rhymes: the ranter. 1830.
The splendid village: Corn Law rhymes, and other poems. 1833.
Poems. 1833, 1834, 1835.
Poetical works. 1840; 3 vols, 1844.
More verse and prose by the Corn-law rhymer. 2 vols, 1850.
Life, poetry, and letters of Ebenezer Elliott, ed. John Watkins. 1850.
Poetical works, ed. Edwin Elliott. 2 vols, 1876.