William Woty

(1731 ca.-1791)

William Woty came to London, possibly from the Isle of Wight, to clerk for a solicitor. He participated in debating clubs and published poetry in the newspapers that was later collected his volume, The Shrubs of Parnassus. Woty was involved with William Dodd in the Christian's Magazine, and with Francis Fawkes in The Poetical Calendar. About 1767 he found a patron in Washington, earl Ferrers, for whom he did legal work. Woty died at Loughborough, 15 March 1791, having acquired some reputation as a bon vivant.


1757On Musick.
1757The School-Boy. A Poetical Essay.
1758Jemmy Copywell's Soliloquy on the Approach of Term. Addressed to his Pen.
1758The Long Vacation.
1759A Summer's Morning.
1759A Tankard of Porter.
1759Meditations on a Sheet of Writing Paper.
1759Ode to Content.
1759Ode to Gratitude.
1759Ode to Health.
1759Ode to Inspiration.
1759The Caxon.
1759The Corkscrew.
1759The Muff.
1759The Tobacco-Stopper.
1760Lines occasioned by seeing a Friend under Misfortunes.
1760Ode to Friendship.
1760On Modesty.
1760The Decline of Autumn.
1760White Conduit House.
1761Ode for the New-Year 1761.
1762A Poem on a Pin.
1769An Address to Health.
1770A Ballad.
1770The Chimney Corner.
1770The Looking-Glass.
1770The Old Shoe.
1770The Pettifogger, a Parody. Written in Westminster Hall in the long Vacation.
1770The Violet.
1777Ode to Memory.
1786An Ode in honour of the Fair of modern Times.
1789The Shoe-String, supposed to be written by a Ploughman.


The spouting-club: a mock heroic, comico, farcico, tragico, burlesque poem. 1758.
The shrubs of Parnassus. Consisting of a variety of poetical essays, moral and comic. By J. Copywell. 1760.
Campanalogia. A poem, in praise of ringing. 1761.
The muse's advice. Addressed to the poets of the age. 1761.
The blossoms of Helicon. 1763.
The poetical calendar. Containing a collection of scarce and valuable pieces of poetry, ed. Francis Fawkes and William Woty. 12 vols, 1763.
The female advocate, a poem. 1770.
The poetical works of Mr. William Woty. 2 vols, 1770.
Church-Langton: a poem. 1773.
The estate-orators; a town eclogue. 1774.
Particular providence; a poetical essay. 1774.
Poems on several occasions. 1780.
The stage; a poetical epistle, to a friend. 1780?
Fugitive and original poems. 1786.
Poetical amusements. 1789.