Thomas Sanderson was a younger son in a large family living in relatively humble circumstances in Cumberland, where he was edcucated at Sebergham School. He published poems in the Cumberland Packet under the signature of "Crito" and taught school at Greystroke, near Penrith (1778), and afterwards at Blackhall and Beaumont. After 1800 he retired to Kirklinton near Carlisle, living largely as a recluse.
Josiah Relph, Poems, ed. Sanderson. 1799.
Original poems. 1800.
Companion to the lakes in Lancashire, Westmoreland and Cumberland. 1807.
The poetical works of Robert Anderson, author of Cumberland ballads, &c. ed. Sanderrson. 1820.
Robert Anderson, Ballads in the Cumberland dialect, ed. Sanderson. 1828.
The life and literary remains of Thomas Sanderson, ed. J. Lowthian. 1829.