Thomas Whittle (poet)

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Thomas Whittle (1683–1736) was a Tyneside, England, poet/songwriter, artist and eccentric spanning the late 17th to early 18th centuries.

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Early life

Thomas Whittle appeared at Cambo around 1700 riding on an old goat. It was suggested by Thomas Allan in his book Allan's Illustrated Edition of Tyneside Songs and Readings that he could have been born at Long Edlingham, Ovingham or Shilbottle, and that his brother was the parish clerk at Earsdon in 1750. In fact, his name may have been originally spelt "Whittel". It has been suggested [ by whom? ] that he was christened at Kirkwhelpington on 10 September 1683.

He was employed by an old miller, for whom he worked for years. He became, according to William Brockie quoting from Mackenzie's Northumberland (published 1825), and Thomas Allan's Illustrated Edition of Tyneside Songs and Readings , [1] [2] a disciple of "Bacchus", the Greek god of wine (Roman = Dionysus) and remained so for the rest of his life.

Later life

He died in East Shaftoe (near Killingworth) on 19 April 1736, and was buried at Hartburn.

Legacy

He was a talented, versatile artist and some relics of his workmanship were to be seen at Belsay Castle, Hartburn, Ponteland, and other churches in Northumberland.

In addition, his poems and songs were popular, particularly among the rural inhabitants of Northumberland.

Works

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Allan's Illustrated Edition of Tyneside Songs and Readings: With Lives, Portraits, and ..." T. & G. Allan. 16 July 1891. Retrieved 16 July 2020 via Internet Archive.
  2. Allan's Illustrated Edition of Tyneside songs and readings with lives, portraits and autographs of the writers, and notes on the songs. Revised Edition. Thomas & Gorge Allan, 18 Blackett Street, and 34 Collingwood Street, (Newcastle upon Tyne) – Sold by W. Allan, 80 Grainqer Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, B. Allan, North Shields and Walter Scott. London. 1891.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Bell, John (16 July 1812). "Rhymes of Northern Bards: Being a Curious Collection of Old and New Songs and Poems, Peculiar to the Counties of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Northumberland, and Durham". J. Bell. Retrieved 16 July 2020 via Google Books.