Thomas Tod Stoddart

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Thomas Tod Stoddart (1810–1880) was a Scottish angler and poet.

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Life

He was born on 14 February 1810 in Argyle Square, Edinburgh, the eldest son of Frances (née Sprot), daughter of James Sprot, and Captain (later Admiral) Pringle Stoddart RN. At the age of ten he was sent to a Moravian Church school in Lancashire; then returned to attend Edinburgh High School and the University of Edinburgh. One of his university teachers was John Wilson, in whose house Stoddart met Thomas De Quincey, Hartley Coleridge, James Hogg the Ettrick Shepherd, William Edmonstoune Aytoun, James Frederick Ferrier, Henry Glassford Bell, and other men of letters. [1]

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In 1833 Stoddart was admitted a member of the Faculty of Advocates, but never practised the law. An early passion for angling became the main business of his life. He investigated the haunts and habits of fish, and was an adept of fly-making.

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Bibliography

With expertise in fly fishing, Stoddart published books, poems and articles on angling.

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Family

In 1836 Stoddart married Bessie Macgregor, daughter of a farmer at Contin in Ross-shire, whom he met while on a fishing tour, and they settled at Kelso. They had two sons and a daughter Anna Stoddart, who became the biographer of her father and also of John Stuart Blackie. [1]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 Lee, Sidney, ed. (1898). "Stoddart, Thomas Tod"  . Dictionary of National Biography . 54. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. Thomas Tod Stoddart, Anna M. Stoddart, Angling Songs (1889), pp. 176–9; archive.org.
  3. http://www.britishmedals.us/collections/JM/Naval/stoddart.html