1912 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Stott

D. J. O'Donoghue, Poets of Ireland (1912) 441.



This once well-known writer, who is referred to in Byron's English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, was born at Hillsborough, Co. Down, on April 25, 1755. He was a rich linen-draper in Dromore. A great friend of Dr. Percy, Bishop of Dromore, he was first a violent Republican, it is said, afterwards becoming a strong Conservative. He died on April 22, 1829, at his residence in Dromore, and was buried in the Cathedral grounds. There is a lengthy inscription on his tombstone which was erected by his son, John Stott (who died in Coleraine on May 17, 1860). Thomas Stott wrote numerous poems for the United Irishman's Northern Star (1806, etc.), and other periodicals over the signature of "Hafiz," and his own name. He was the "Thomas Stott" of "Warringstown" and "Banks of Banna," who wrote for Walker's Hibernian Magazine, 1779-80. In the same magazine for August and November, 1801, are poems by him, two of them signed "Hafiz, Dromore." There is a poem of his among Rev. Samuel Burdy's verses, and another is in Madden's Literary Remains of the United Irishmen, taken from Paddy's Resource.