1897 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Love Peacock

Frederic Boase, Modern English Biography (1892-1921) 2:1414.



THOMAS LOVE PEACOCK (only child of Samuel Peacock of St. Paul's church yard, London, glass merchant, d. 1788). b. Weymouth, Dorset 18 Oct. 1785; secretary to sir H. R. Popham on board the fleet before Flushing 1808-09; made the acquaintance of Shelley at Nant Gwillt, North Wales 1812, Shelley's executor 1822; clerk in East India house 1819, assistant examiner of correspondence 1822, chief examiner 1836, retired on a pension March 1856; author of The monks of St. Mark 1804; Palmyra 1806; The genius of the Thames 1810, 3 ed. 1817; The philosophy of melancholy 1812; Sir Proteus. By P. M. O'Donovan, Esq. 1814; Headlong hall 1816, anon; Melincourt 1817, 2 ed. 1856; Rhododaphne, or the Thessalian spell 1818; Nightmare abbey 1818; Maid Marian 1822, dramatised by Planche as an opera and produced at Covent Garden 3 Dec. 1822; The misfortunes of Elphin 1829; Crochet Castle 1831, new ed. 1887; Paper money lyrics and other poems 1837; Gryll Grange 1861; and two translations, Gl' Ingannati, The deceived, a comedy performed at Siena 1851, and Aelia Laelia Crispis 1862. d. Lower Halliford, near Shepperton, Middlesex 23 Jany. 1866. bur. new cemet. Shepperton. Macmillan's Mag. liii 414-27 (1886); Temple bar lxxx 35-52 (1887); G. B. Smith's Poets and novelists (1875) 111-50; T. H. Ward's English poets, 2 ed. iv 417-26 (1883); St. James's mag. Sept. 1875 pp. 332, 600-10; H. Cole's Works of T. L. Peacock, 3 vols. (1875), memoir in i, xxv-lii portrait; R. Garnett's Works of T. L. Peacock, 10 vols. (1891) memoir in x 7-43.

NOTE. — He married 20 March 1820 Jane Gryffydh, known as the Caernarvonshire nymph and "the Beauty of Caernarvonshire," she is celebrated by Shelley as the Snowdonian antelope, and d. 1852. W. M. Rossetti's Poetical works of P. B. Shelley ii 322 (1878), in Letter to Maria Gisborne line 240.