Thomas Starling Norgate (1772–1859) was an English writer, journalist and newspaper editor.
The son of Elias Norgate, a surgeon, and Deborah, daughter of Alderman Thomas Starling, he was born at Norwich, on 20 August 1772. From 1780 to 1788 he attended Norwich Grammar School, under Samuel Parr as headmaster until 1785. In 1789 he was sent to Hackney New College, and then entered at Lincoln's Inn. Although he kept his terms there, he gave up on a legal career, and returned to Norwich without plans.
Samuel Parr, was an English schoolmaster, writer, minister and Doctor of Law. He was known in his time for political writing, and (flatteringly) as "the Whig Johnson", though his reputation has lasted less well than Samuel Johnson's, and the resemblances were at a superficial level; Parr was no prose stylist, even if he was an influential literary figure. A prolific correspondent, he kept up with many of his pupils, and involved himself widely in intellectual and political life.
The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn is one of the four Inns of Court in London to which barristers of England and Wales belong and where they are called to the Bar. Lincoln's Inn is recognised to be one of the world's most prestigious professional bodies of judges and lawyers.
Norgate became involved in periodical writing, through a number of personal contacts. In 1829 he founded the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society. In 1830 he, with Simon Wilkin and another friend, established the East-Anglian, a weekly newspaper published at Norwich (1830–3).
Simon Wilkin was an English publisher, literary scholar and naturalist whose main interest was entomology.
Norgate died at Hetherset, 7 July 1859, in his 87th year.
While in London Norgate knew William Beloe, and then contributed to an early volume of the British Critic . A year or two later, William Enfield invited him to write for the minister at the Octagon Chapel in Norwich, he became a regular contributor to the Analytical Review , which he did until it closed down in 1799; and he supplied a few papers to The Cabinet, a Norwich periodical published (1794–5) by Charles Marsh, William Taylor, and others. He was a writer on various topics in the Monthly Magazine , and supplied the Half-yearly Retrospect of Domestic Literature from 1797 to 1807, when the publication was discontinued. To Arthur Aikin's Annual Review (1803–8) Norgate was a major contributor. His close friend William Taylor introduced him to Ralph Griffiths, the editor of the Monthly Review , for which he wrote for a time while living in retirement on his estate at Hetherset in Norfolk.
William Beloe was an English divine and miscellaneous writer.
The British Critic: A New Review was a quarterly publication, established in 1793 as a conservative and high-church review journal riding the tide of British reaction against the French Revolution. The headquarters was in London. The journal ended publication in 1826.
William Enfield was a British Unitarian minister who published a bestselling book on elocution entitled The Speaker (1774).
In 1829 Norgate wrote the introductory chapter on the Agriculture of the County for John Chambers's General History of Norfolk.
Norgate's eldest son Elias assisted him as editor, and with the Horticultural Society. His fourth son, Thomas Starling Norgate (1807–1893), born 30 December 1807, was educated at Norwich grammar school under Edward Valpy, and graduated B.A. from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 1832. He was curate successively of Briningham, of Cley-next-the-Sea, and of Banningham, all in Norfolk, and was collated rector of Sparham in 1840. He died there on 25 November 1893. He was the author of three volumes of blank-verse translations of the Homeric poems: Batrachomyomachia, an Homeric fable reproduced in dramatic blank verse, 1863; The Odyssey in dramatic blank verse 1863; and The Iliad, 1864.
Edward Valpy (1764–1832) was an English cleric, classical scholar and schoolteacher.
Gonville & Caius College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. The college is the fourth-oldest college at the University of Cambridge and one of the wealthiest. The college has been attended by many students who have gone on to significant accomplishment, including fourteen Nobel Prize winners, the second-most of any Oxbridge college.
Briningham is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. The village is 9.9 miles east north east of the town of Fakenham, 13.3 miles west south west of Cromer, 22.3 miles north north west of the city of Norwich, and 124 miles north north east of London. The nearest railway station is at Sheringham for the Bittern Line which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich. There is an abandoned railway line which is considered as a footpath, it runs parallel with an old track "the lane" that leads up to "belle vue tower". The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport. The civil parish had in 2001 census a population of 122, increasing to 130 at the 2011 census. For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.
Winthrop Mackworth Praed —typically written as W. Mackworth Praed—was an English politician and poet.
The Norwich School of painters, founded in 1803 in Norwich, was the first provincial art movement in Britain.
Joseph Stannard was an English marine and landscape painter and etcher. He was a talented and prominent member of the Norwich School of painters.
Leitch Ritchie (1800–1865) was a Scottish novelist and journalist. He was born at Greenock and worked as a clerk in Glasgow, but about 1820 adopted literature as his profession.
James Stark was an English landscape painter. A leading member of the Norwich School of painters, he was elected Vice-President of the Norwich Society of Artists in 1828 and their President in 1829. He had wealthy patrons and was consistently praised by the Norfolk press for his successful London career.
Thomas Nelson, 2nd Earl Nelson, born Thomas Bolton, was the 2nd Earl Nelson.
Stephen Weston was an English antiquarian, clergyman and man of letters.
Rev. Robert Potter was an English clergyman of the Church of England, a translator, a poet and a pamphleteer. He established the convention of using blank verse for Greek hexameters and rhymed verse for choruses. His 1777 English version of the plays of Aeschylus was the only one available for the next fifty years.
John Yelloly was an English physician.
Thomas Scott (1705–1775) was an English nonconformist minister, known as a writer of hymns.
Robert Gooch, M.D. was an English physician.
John Mitford (1781–1859) was an English clergyman and man of letters.
Henry Stebbing FRS (1799–1883) was an English cleric and man of letters, known as a poet, preacher, and historian. He worked as a literary editor, of books and periodicals.
Hugh Murray FRSE FRGS (1779–1846) was a Scottish geographer and author. He is often referred to as Hew Murray.
John Chambers (1780–1839) was an English antiquarian and topographer.
William Bodham Donne (1807–1882) was an English journalist, known also as a librarian and theatrical censor.
John Drew Salmon was an English ornithologist and botanist.
Williams and Norgate were publishers and book importers in London and Edinburgh. They specialised in both British and foreign scholarly and scientific literature.
Thomas Sanderson (1759–1829) was an English poet. He spent almost his entire life in Cumberland.